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Twitter Today – Mickey Kaus’ Candidacy and Ezra Klein’s Narcissism

Posted By Sandra Lee On March 12, 2010 @ 1:02 pm In NewsReal Blog | No Comments

In the fuzzy fantasy world of the progressives – every issue, statement, article is a very personal  affront.  How nice to live in a land where everything is about “me”!

The  NYT interviewed long time Slate blogger Mickey Kaus this morning about his quasi-candidacy in California’s  Democratic Senate primary.  I will leave the legitimacy of Kaus’ run for others to dissect.  Amusingly though, all that WashPo blogger Ezra Klein could tweet today was:

Mickey Kaus gets his big NYT break and his campaign strategy is to…whine about my blog. http://nyti.ms/cpvnEe

Newsflash “E”:  twasn’t all about YOU at all.  Kaus, who observers describe as a classic contrarian actually raises legit questions about the current state of and slate of democrats.

NYT: You’re known as a conservative Democrat who likes to fulminate against the party’s sacred cows, like labor unions, the welfare system and amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Kaus: I recently ran into four or five people in the space of a week who are Democrats but who think the teachers’ unions are wrecking the schools. Most Democratic politicians think it’s just suicidal for them to say that.

NYT:   you’re planning to challenge Senator Barbara Boxer in the Democratic primary in California in June. What led you to get into politics?

Kaus: I’ve been a blogger since 1999, and it hasn’t done the job. In California, the Democratic Party is worse than it was when I started. The only thing left is the interest groups. It used to be a functioning party independent of labor, and now that has atrophied.

Now, I will grant you that some ten questions later, Kaus does indeed make a comment about the progressive party-line spouting  Klein’s  high “irritating” factor and describes him as a gullible cheerleader. But those 5 measly sentences out of the entire interview could hardly be described as Kaus having squandered his “big break”.  C’mon Ezra, really?

Kaus practically pioneered blogging,  and publicity in his apparent candidacy can’t be far from his mind.  But an actual reading of his interview indicates that the allegedly illustrious Ezra Klein and his bitter blog IS out of sight and out of mind.

TGIF fellow tweeters and hum this…Toby Keith’s fun little country ditty that has become the progressive anthem:

I wanna talk about ME!
Wanna talk about I
Wanna talk about number one
Oh my me my
What I think, what I like, what I know, what I want, what I see
I like talking about you, you, you, you, usually, but occasionally
I wanna talk about meeeeeeee


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