This probably explains why in addition to maybe not really being that good of one, as a supposedly professional "writer" his blogs always do well but his books never do.<quoted text>
Not sure that applies to Rod, though. He seems incredibly thin-skinned. He routinely lobs vicious personal insults at people who disagree with him -- I can easily furnish examples -- yet he reacts with rage and fury when anyone dares criticize him, however mildly. And, as others have noted, he is insanely control-freaky at his blog, where he deletes and disallows most critical comments. The result is that his comboxes have become tiny echo chambers consisting entirely of his sycophantic boot-licking acolytes. All 10 of them.
This is not the behavior of a practiced politician who believes all publicity is good publicity. It is the behavior of an insecure control freak.
People will always line up for free snark and passive-aggressive backbiting against those the blogger seems to be bashing on their behalf, particularly if they're flattered that they're participating with a nationally known Great One in a Noble Cause Larger Than Themselves, although,frankly, precious few true A- and B-list writers nationally ever seem to give poor Rod the time of day. They can even show their grandma: lookee, Granny, Rod Dreher approved MY comment.
But when you ask them to pony up $25 hardback for a thinly veiled version of the same kind of writing...weeeellll...you know, the kids are going to need new jeans this fall. And, OH - Doritos are on sale, too.
And to add insult to injury, poor old Rodus Caesarius slapped his olive-garlanded gimme cap on backwards, drove his chariot slowly through the streets of SF, and the ungrateful crowds there just went on about their business.