FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2004
THEIR ROOTS ARE SHOWING: Intern! Its rapidly becoming the root word of Internet! Across the Net, all the lonely peoplethe Wonkettes and wonkette-linking Kausesare stroking their pale, unloved thighs this day. Once again, theyve found the way they can make blood rush all through their pale, unloved bodies.
All hail the culture of affluence! And all hail its vacuous progeny, empty all the way to the floor! Survival no longer being at issue, they return to ancestral roots in the swamp. Theres only one thing that makes their blood moveand they want you to be as empty as they are. Their blood is rushing quite hard this day. Their emptiness puts your future at issue.
MAN-OR-MOUSE KAUS: Incredible, isnt it? This is what Mickey Kaus cuts-and-pastes with thigh-rubbing glee. Its a gossip item, from the Boston Heraldan item published six years ago. Mickey hopes youll think all about it:
KAUSFILES:Both [the student] and Kerrys people insist the encounter was completely innocent, the Herald reported. Kaus offers no reason to think thats untrue, but runs to cut-and-paste it anyway. Blood rushing mightily to the front lines, he then excuses himself for a few moments.
By the way: Kaus may he a cheap peeping-tom, but hes brilliantly chivalrous too. Heroically, he edits the womans name. Its too bad he didnt drop Kerrys.
By the way, how big a clown is Slates man-or-mouse? Heres what Kaus edited from the article at the point he marks with a [snip]:
KAUSFILES DELETION: Not unlike Cinderella.Thats itthe entire deletion! Apparently the Mighty Man thought the three-word phrase would make his World Exclusive seem trivial.
For the record, Kaus post was waved into print by Jacob Weisberg. As he did so, Weisberg toweled off from a soak in the tub, where hed been pondering Wesley Clarks lashes. But make no mistake: You and your childrens future interests are threatened by this devolving elite. Their cohort is empty, all the way to the floor. Only interns can get their blood rushing.
WHY THEY REPORT TODAY: There are many more stories in todays papers about Bush and the National Guard. In the Times, David Barstow is Seeking Memories of Bush At an Alabama Air Base. In the Post, Mike Allen and Lois Romano give us Aides Study Presidents Service Records. Below that, Dana Milbank writes a piece called A Mouthful in the Name of Full Disclosure. At one point, Milbank describes Bushs old speeding tickets. We chuckled when the Post-man said this:
MILBANK: Its all part of a painful lesson Bush has learned in recent days about the slippery slope of disclosure.But why has Bush learned that lesson in recent days? Because the press corps avoided this story in 1999 and 2000, when it should have been doing the basic reporting. But at that time, the press was conducting its War Against Gore. It was inventing ludicrous tales about Goreand taking a total pass on Bush. Troubling tales about Bush had to die. So the national press corps went AWOL.
The point we made yesterday is quite important. When one follows the current reporting on Bush and the Guard, its hard to believe that this is the second time Bush has run for the White House. Why is the reporting being done now? Because the press corps went in the tank for Bush during Campaign 2000. The press corps conduct during that campaign is one of Americas greatest scandals. When you see them reporting this story today, dont forget how they sold you out then.