Ordinarily, I'd say that posting in a thread such as this one while intoxicated is "against my better judgement," but seeing that I have no judgement left, I'm going to take a stab at it.
First off, I'd like to call Jason out on his claim that wielding the ban-hammer is some overwhelmingly tedious occupation. Jason doesn't like banning people, and that's probably a good thing, but it's not like our potential ban-list is so cumbersome as to necessitate an assistant. In the last two years I can think of only two people that probably deserved a ban, and both of them are still posting... prolifically.
Wielding a ban-hammer doesn't take a great deal of strength. For the most part, the folks eligible for a ban are pretty obvious and when you start to think, "hey, this person is really more of an irritant than an addition," it's easy enough to simply run a search of their posts and see what they've been contributing. Failure to offer meaningful contributions should not, in and of itself, call for the ban-hammer, but failure to offer meaningful contribution while posting dozens of posts per week should be a bit of an indication that the person is not really contributing to discussions.
For instance, a decent portion of our resident right-wingers rarely post convincing arguments, but they're not spamming the board with inane commentary. On occasion, they actually appear interested in a discussion, even if their responses and arguments are specious, predictable and trite. I don't consider bdog, Earthling or Bludgeon to be lost causes, even if their dedication to partisan politics is frustratingly boring.
But Meade and Cornbread are another story. Their posts are carefully engineered to create a maximum amount of irritation, without exception. They are the definition of internet trollery. If you run a search on their posts you will find that they add nothing to discussion and the theme of their posts is simply to irritate the rest of the board.
If you've lost interest in moderating the board, Jason, I suggest you pass the ban-hammer to someone who you trust will use it sparingly and wisely. I think snoqueen would make a decent candidate, if she were to agree to the responsibility.