RedState's Erick Erickson uses 23 words to say that he "was not going to say anything" about leaving CNN for Fox, but gosh darnit the world is abuzz with rumor so he's decided he "should say something," whereupon he expends another 1,029 words saying it: He's leaving CNN for Fox. (Five words.)
Yet these 66 words, toward the end of Erickson's long goodbye, made the read worth it:
Frankly, before I went to CNN I was oblivious to the fact that there are ways to say things, without sacrificing or compromising my view or principle, that come off as more respectable and honest without invective than how I might have otherwise said them. There are ways to say things that draw people to you and ways to say things that push people from you.
To be Ericksonesque about this, let's elaborate. Mr. Erickson was 35 years old (thank you, Wikipedia) when he joined CNN as a professional commentator on national political affairs--which is to say, broadly, a commentator on the human condition--who was nonetheless "oblivious" to the kindergarten precept that "invective" can "push people" away. That's an astonishing confession, largely in that it's also inadvertently revealing of the far-right's alienation from even the most fundamental of human dynamics. Kind of spookily Nietzschean, you might say, which itself dredges up even darker images of the uncompromising, doctrinaire mind.
And against folks like that, I myself have no problem whatsoever with deploying "invective."