Sometimes I think he does, but in the sense of being too subtle with irony and/or sarcasm. Let me explain. This from here [link]:
Steve quotes the LA Times, replies to it, and then I comment:
In the letter, Taylor denies the notion that “the things you love about America…are rooted in certain principles.” Rather, “they are rooted in certain people.” That is, white people: “Germans, Swedes, Irishmen, and Hungarians could come and contribute to the America you love,” Taylor says. “Do you really believe that a future Afro-Hispanic-Caribbean-Asiatic America will be anything like the America your ancestors built?”
That’s pretty much the argument of Federalist Paper #2, but then you can’t get more anti-American than Federalist Paper #2.
me: Here, unless you read Steve all the time, you might very well take seriously his "Anti-American" comment.
me: Here's the same situation. Steve's being ironic instead of literal. He's pretending that Emma Lazarus is a Founding Father and that her "Huddled Masses" is as valid a concept as those of the real Founders.
And, of course, our revolution was based on the Rights of Englishmen, not on the Rights of Saracens and/or whatever to immigrate. The revolution was fought for "ourselves and our posterity," not for "huddled masses" from anywhere. And if you look Lazarus up, BTW, you'll find these masses were mainly intended to be Jews, yearning to be free here for awhile, till they could get their ducks in a row and go create a Jewish ethnostate, throwing all the goyim the hell out, and so much for any ideas about "diversity."
But then Steve gets less subtle with:
One of the patterns you notice more and more these days is the descendants of Ellis Island huddled masses reasoning, “Boy those stupid WASPs shouldn’t have let us in way back then because, even though they are too stupid to have figured it out yet, we’ve taken over. But eventually they might figure it out … so we’d better punish them now so they can’t ever do anything about it in case they ultimately wake up. Hmmhhhmm … I know let’s rub their noses in diversity by letting in a hundred million or so Muslims! Yeah, then those idiot WASPs will finally notice they are being insulted and humiliated like they deserve. If that’s not enough to finally get their attention, we could let in two hundred million Muslims. I mean, what could possibly go wrong?”
That "what could possibly go wrong?” phrase is one of Steve's most common, itself of course always sarcastic/ironic. But here Steve Makes it clear that he's parroting what a nonWasp might be thinking/saying about our disposession.
So does Steve undercut himself with his irony? Answer: Maybe. Thing is, I'm sarcastic or ironic myself sometimes, and it spices things up. It adds immensely to the humor content of Steve's work, too.
There are damned few writers, especially political writers, out there who are both insightful and funny, and Steve is one of them. Oh, I try, but if you'll notice, just as in this post, most of my material is not original (Steve's is), and Steve blogs about six times as much material as I do anyway.
So the answer is, you simply have to real all of Steve all the time so you can get into the rhythm of his writing and know when he's being straightforward and when he's not. I'm reminded of the fellow who read Gulliver's Travels when it first came out and denounced it as a bunch of "damned lies." He just didn't get it. So, to make sure you get it, do at least go to Steve's site [link] every morning and skim his headlines. If you're like me, you'll probably go ahead and read his first post. Then the second. Then all. Then you'll be a Steve reader, and very much more likely to pick up on what's really going on out there.
Quibcags: Only the first is a new one, and it's a weirdo. I found the Viking girl somewhere on the net, and when I came across the "Africa Screams" Abbott and Costello still I just had to use it. The second quibcag uses a girl from Lucky Star (らき☆すた Raki☆Suta), the third the "Italy" girl from Hetalia: Axis Powers (Axis Powers ヘタリア), I believe, and the last a kind of generic I found on the net. All good Steve quotes, but you'll notice, all but the last are ironic, and could be misinterpreted by someone new to Steve's work.