You'd be amazed at how many guys want to go fishing with me these days...
Hardy har har...it was a busy night in the nexus of Washington politics and journalism. While we were busy last night with the Pennsylvania Democratic debate, President Bush was hosting a dinner in honor of Pope Benedict's visit to the U.S. (ironically, the Pope was off washing his hair, or his mitre or something). And Veep Dick Cheney was hosting the annual TV & Radio Correspondents' Dinner. The Big Dick took the opportunity to show what is left of his humanity by tossing out a few jokes (some mildly at his own expense) to the great guffaws of the press corps, unbothered by the presence of one of the Principals of Torture and driving force of the biggest quagmires in American history. Gosh, and you wonder why journalism is so risk-averse to holding this administration accountable. Ah well, at least we were spared Karl Rove rapping this year.
In case you don't know it, (head-lining comedian Mo Rocca)'s blog is titled "MoRocca180: Only half as tedious as the regular news." Among his other credits, Mo used to host a TV show called, "Things I Hate About You." I'm sure I've seen that program, only I believe it's now called "Countdown with Keith Olbermann." Keith's not here tonight to savor my company, but we do have many big names from the broadcast media. And you can use a little good cheer, because these are tough times in your industry, in this age of YouTube and the blogs that threaten to overshadow the old media. At times, you must feel like you're at the center of events, but no one's really paying attention to you. You understand the world better than anybody, but no one wants to hear it. Now you know exactly what it's like to be Vice President. But I've had frustrations of my own. I'm old news in this election, but I want a piece of the action. I'm fired up for my own candidate, but the feeling isn't always returned. I feel kind of like Bill Clinton.
Hyuk, hyuk, hyuk. In case you were curious, C&L contributer Bill W said Mo bombed. Not bombed as Stephen Colbert did, in a cool and heroic way, just bombed.