02/07/2011 08:44 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

HuffPost-AOL: Combining "Their Realms in One"

Today's announcement of the HuffPost-AOL partnership is best captured by Shakespeare: "Oh wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful wonderful, and yet again wonderful, and after that, out of all hooping!" (As You Like It).
We long-time AOL users have wondered for years about AOL's viability, and been eager to ask its management, "How camest thou in this pickle?" (The Tempest).
Regardless of past errors and missed opportunities, Arianna and her team come in now, correctly thinking: "The time is out of joint, oh! Cursed spite. That ever we were born, to set it right" (Hamlet).
Meanwhile, the AOL folks must be thinking, if only to themselves,
"For this relief, much thanks" (again, Hamlet).
Together, the coupling of AOL and HuffPost may - indeed, should - work better than AOL's past (dreary) partnership.
Zounds, our wishes are expressed best by the Bard in the final scene of Henry Vth: "God, the best maker of all marriages, Combine your hearts in one, your realms in one!"