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I usually try to relax on Sundays. However, this really got my boxers in a bunch. In response to this post of mine, a reader commented - and I quote:
err..you missed part of that quote there buddy...

"Is she wins Texas and Ohio, she'll be the nominee. If you dont deliver for her than I dont think seh can be. It's all on you."

http://youtube.com/watch?v=GcLGkoEN9EQ

I guess thats why though..you dont have many readers.
Really? That's your complaint? Fair enough. My rebuttal:

First of all "Anonymous", if you are going to argue that I quoted former president Clinton incorrectly, it would definitely help your case to quote him correctly yourself. "Is she wins Texas and Ohio, she'll be the nominee. If you dont deliver for her than I dont think seh can be. It's all on you." (emphasis added by me) No less than FIVE grammatical mistakes in your quotation. Nice argument there.

Secondly, I referenced my source "buddy". If you look at that posting at FirstRead, I pulled the EXACT quote on which Carrie Dann was reporting. Apparently, she truncated the quote - and for that I will give a half-apology.

Look "Anonymous", I appreciate your reading my blog - however small and insignificant it may be. But if you are going to attack me for what you perceive as a misrepresentation of the facts, then you should probably back your findings up with some half-decent research, credible sourcing on your part and - as archaic as it may sound - CORRECT GRAMMAR USAGE. I'm always up for a spirited debate - but it is extremely difficult for me to take you seriously when you have gross misspelling and typographical errors in a five-and-a-half sentence critique (and that is including Bill Clinton's quote).

On the charge of my blog not having many readers... you caught me. I'm guilty. The day that I stop writing because of a small readership is the day that I give up my creative and political voice. I don't write these seemingly inane ramblings to reach a throng of readers (though that would be nice), I write because I CAN. I write because I WANT TO. I write because I ENJOY THIS. This is how I voice my opinion to the world. Whether the world is listening or not is completely irrelevant to me.

If you would like to continue this dialogue, I'll be waiting - with baited breath. BUT please, do bring your 'A' game... I don't enjoy competing against the junior varsity squad here.

Oh, and PS: that YouTube link does not work. I can only assume that you are pointing to a video clip of the quote in question - but alas, it will not load in my browser.

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  1. "If you would like to continue this dialogue, I'll be waiting - with baited breath. BUT please, do bring your 'A' game... I don't enjoy competing against the junior varsity squad here."

    LOL. You are awesome, Pajama Pundit. And you just got one more reader. Thank you for helping make the world safe for proper spelling and grammar.

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  2. Thanks Katherine! You found an oldie but a goodie (wow, did I really post this nearly a year ago?).

    Thanks for reading -- and please do keep coming back!

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  3. Dear Mr. PajamaPundit,

    You write, in your welcoming note, "He does however expect intelligent discussion - and some understanding of proper grammar usage Read more about the site and it's contributors."

    I don't mean to be picky here, but you did ask for it: That should be "its contributors." "It's" is a contraction and means "it is." You want the possessive "its," meaning "the contributors of the site."

    And then there's the faulty punctuation, for example, missing commas around "however" and the missing period at the sentence ending with the words "proper grammar usage."

    Hope this is helpful and saves you further embarrassment.

    ~ A persnickety editor

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