What a difference a day makes.

Suddenly, DittoBoy has become contrite over at RedState:

I want to apologize to National Review Online, my friends and colleagues here at RedState, and to any others that have been affected over the past few days. I also want to apologize to my previous editors and writers whose work I used inappropriately and without attribution. There is no excuse for this - nor is there an excuse for any obfuscation in my earlier statement.

I hope that nothing I've done as a teenager or in my professional life will reflect badly on the movement and principles I believe in.

I'm deeply grateful for the love and encouragment [sic] of all those around me. And although I may not deserve such support, it makes it that much more humbling at a time like this. I'm a young man, and I hope that in time that I can earn a measure of the respect that you have given me.

I don’t imagine, however, that this is part of a newfound conscientiousness. I imagine, instead, it has something to do with the National Review Online being decidedly unimpressed with having their reputation (such as it is) tarred alone with his, and throwing the little shit to the wolves by pulling out all the incidences they could find of his plagiarism while writing for them:

As we mentioned in our earlier editor's note, staff here at National Review Online are going through all of the pieces Ben Domenech has written for us (the most recent of which appears to have been published in 2002) in light of questions raised in the wake of the debut of his "Red America" blog this week on the Washington Post's website (from which he has since resigned).

Our review unfortunately raises questions about several other pieces besides the one we apologized for this morning…

Put alongside other pieces that we're looking at and that have been linked to elsewhere in the blogosphere, it's hard not to conclude there was something amiss.

We're still looking. And again apologize to our readers that this ever happened on our site.
So, now that the NRO is themselves compiling examples of DittoBoy’s flagrant theft, I wonder if the dicks over at RedState will stop writing crap like this:

Putting aside the charge for which Ben has been pilloried and you're left with is a particular group of critics. Unlike Ben, there is far less hope for their redemption. You see - before they settled on the attacks on his writing - they spent three days proving that they are the lowest of the low…
Yes, it’s all the dirty liberals’ fault. We’re so contemptuous. It isn’t the wanton thief who’s despicable; it’s the people who uncovered his thieving. Spare me.

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