Tom Tomorrow:
A tiny slip

Rush Limbaugh, being interviewed by Sean Hannity on Fox last night:

The Democratic party’s stuck in the past. Their presumed glory years are Watergate and Iraq, and they can’t look forward, they don’t look forward…

It took me a second: Watergate and Iraq? Does he mean the first Iraq war? Does he somehow think that was such an unpopular war that…

Oh. He meant to say Watergate and Vietnam. But for some strange reason, Iraq and Vietnam are categorized in the same little subfolder in his brain.

Wonder why that is?

Tom Tomorrow:
Quickie auctions

I wanted to put a “Buy It Now” price on the art I’ve got up for auction, but eBay won’t let me do that til I’ve got a feedback rating above ten. To expedite that process, I’ve just put up five postcards. These are just quickie bullshit auctions to run up the feedback, and I don’t expect anyone should have to bid more than a quarter on each of them–but if there are five kind readers willing to do me this favor, I’d be grateful.

…okay, a couple bucks each. But these are just postcards, not worth a bidding war.

Tom Tomorrow:
The crux of the matter

I think Alterman points out something crucial in l’affaire Miller–the impact of social striving in the government/media nexus of the Northeast Corridor. When you live in these worlds, it’s all about the parties.

The big question in The New York Times cafeteria yesterday was how did it happen that Arthur Sulzberger and Bill Keller let so dishonest and slippery a character as Judy Miller hijack the institution of the New York Times for her own nefarious purposes and humiliate its entire echelon of top leadership; the publisher; the editor and the editorial page…

Again, the answer is ultimately unknowable, but I?ve always felt it was a matter of social power. Judy is married to Jason Epstein, who is one of the most widely admired and well-liked people in all of New York. Jason is a legend of an editor, and was widely referred to for decades, almost every time you heard his name as ?the smartest man in New York.? He practically invented the trade paperback book, and played key roles in the founding of The New York Review of Books and the Library of America. He is also the editor to some of our greatest fiction and non-fiction writers. What?s more, he is a charming raconteur and a famous amateur chef. Maybe he?s got some bad qualities, but I?ve never heard any mentioned. Anyway, Jason and Judy are famous hosts, at their apartment in the Police Building downtown and their Sag Harbor House, and they sit at the nexus of an extremely important social network that nobody wants to be thrown out of. (I saw Jason, whom I like and admire, at a party the night before Miller?s last testimony and did not know what to say to him, given what I?ve written about his wife. I?m sure a lot of people don?t want that problem.) The fact that Judy was also close to Arthur Sulzberger made her nearly untouchable, no matter what she did inside the paper. As Keller admits in the long take-out, he could not control her. She had more power to get her reporting in the paper than he felt he did to keep her out.

Tom Tomorrow:
Note to New Englanders

My friend Jack Hitt, who is one of the most engaging storytellers I have ever known, will be sharing some of his stories at the Quinnipiak Club in New Haven this weekend, along with Andy Borowitz, Jonathan Ames and Mike Daisey. It’s an event held regularly in NYC and in New Haven, by a group called The Moth. More details here.

Tom Tomorrow:

–This is the original art I’ve got up for auction. I don’t think I’m going to put another one up at Christmas, so this is probably it for the foreseeable future. If you’re interested, I wouldn’t necessarily suggest waiting til the very last minute to bid.

–Some sort of technical snafu is delaying the switch to a new server. At some point in the next day or two, I expect we’ll have a little downtime. Bear with us.

–As previously mentioned, haven’t had a lot of time for blogging lately. To keep up with the latest in the Plame scandal, check in on Americablog and Firedoglake, and of course the Huffington Post.