Into reading this?
Posted by Steve Clemons Jan 21, 10:45PM – Link
Folks — Mr. Somerby had a good time with me today. He is a clever and passionate writer, and I admire his blog on a lot of levels.
But he’s using me as a prop in his campaign against Dowd. I like her — I have been transparent about that. I also enjoy using DC’s cocktail circuit as a way to learn what is going on in Washington and as a way to push my policy work — much of which deals with issues that are often totally ignored by this town. Any regular reader of this blog knows that.
But as I said previously, I like Dowd — not everything she does or writes of course. I have very little interest in what she wrote about Gore. At the time of the Gore-Bush contest, I found Gore a very poor candidate, self indulgent, imperious, and very uninspiring. He’s changed since then — but that is the way I felt then and Maureen Dowd had nothing to do with my views.
I’m not going to fight Mr. Somerby — he’s making his point using me as a prop, and I imagine if we were having drinks together — he’d be civil and we’d have a great discussion. But it is good to remember that I am essentially not his target. Dowd is — and that’s his fight. Not mine.
I enjoyed her party — and put it out there. I learned lots of great stuff there. I enjoyed the stories. If he thinks that is “kissing ass” — well, all I have to say is that I have kissed ass lots better and more flamboyantly in other cases.
But I’m not interested in the debate about Dowd. Not my thing. I’d go to her place again in a second and I put that out there — transparently. Ridiculing me as Mr. Somberby has done feels uncivil at some level, but I am not too disturbed by it.
On the scribbling comment, I’m surprised by the tone of his posts that he himself is so thin-skinned. For the record, I call my own writing and blogging “scribbling.” I use the word all of the time and meant him no disrespect.
all the best — Steve Clemons
Whatever problems Gore had or was perceived to have, I suggest (The Oily) Mr. Clemons cannot fathom that his deeply intelligent views could have been shaped by conventional wisdom. This is why we will always and forever be screwed. The incredible narcissism apparent in this crowd doesn’t ever astonish, it only saddens. Clemons wasn’t wrong about Gore. Gore changed. The world turns, the Village stands still.