Early Summer Reading for Political Junkies
Brock Dishes Drudge
by Dave "Doctor" Gonzo
Mar. 1, 2002 -- WASHINGTON (APJP) -- The Doc likes nothing better than a good, dishy, entertaining "summer read" -- especially political nonfiction of the juiciest kind.
And if you share the Doc's taste in books, the groundhog was wrong: summer has arrived early. Way early. In fact, you might want to book a mid-March weekend at a Cancun hotel and order up a copy of David Brock's "Blinded by the Right" from your favorite e-tailer right now. The Doc managed to score a copy of Brock's provocative eye-opener just days before it hits stores (that's next Tuesday, for those of you with a preference for those quaint neighborhood shops like Barnes & Noble).
The Doc gives his guarantee that the book is 100% as entertaining as it is revelatory about the inner workings of the hard right smear machine.
Case in point: Brock's description of a night out with notorious cybersleaze Matt Drudge, from page 283:
Drudge picked me up at a friend's house in the Hollywood Hills in his red Geo Metro, arriving with an impressive bouquet of yellow roses. Jesus, I thought, Drudge thinks we're going on a date. After dinner at the famed West Hollywood restaurant Dan Tana's, he suggested we go bar hopping along the gay strip on Santa Monica Boulevard, which Drudge navigated like a pro. ... (Six months hence, I received the following e-mail message from Drudge, under the subject heading "XXX." Drudge wrote: "Laura [Ingraham] spreading stuff about you and me being fuck buddies. I should only be so lucky. ")
My talks with Drudge focused on how he was being manipulated by the right, on what not to do with his career. ... Arianna, Laura, Drudge — sadly, they were all lost causes. They needed to enroll in Clintons Anonymous.
Hey, David, don't feel so bad -- okay, Matt turned out to be what you call a "scary" date, and Laura... hell, you've just proven she's about as trustworthy as Matt when it comes to facts -- but at least Arianna turned her back on the cabal, so don't entirely discount your early warning.
And instant karma's catching up with that dancing fool Matt: one of his fabricated "scoops" seem to be coming back to haunt him of late in a big way. You can't say you didn't warn him!
As he'd say, "developing very hard."