The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Friday, October 11, 2002  

Mickey Kaus Rides Again

I was reading the always entertaining, immensely humorous, and consistently insightful TBogg today--as I do every day--when I encountered a quote that reportedly came from the ever reliable and thoroughly predictable Mickey Kaus:

In an earlier item, I suggested that Sen. Max Baucus of Montana was vulnerable to attack as weak on welfare reform. Apparently, Baucus’[s] GOP opponent, Mike Taylor, attempted to raise the issue earlier this year, and it didn’t take.

And do you know what? That wacky TBogg fooled me once again. He wasn’t making it up! It wasn’t a Neal Pollack-inspired riff. Kaus actually wrote that. And, of course, much more blather along the same vein. And he got paid for it.

As TBogg puts it, “Dick Morris is a political hack who pretends he’s a journalist. Micky Kaus is a pretend journalist who . . . ,” well, you’ll have to go over there and read the rest yourself.

Really, only Kaus could be surprised that welfare reform, a 1992 issue, “didn’t take” in 2002. Hell, the country’s about to wage war on Iraq, and Iran, and Syria, and whoever else is bugging the neoconservatives these days, but no matter, Kaus wants to talk about welfare reform, damn it!

Now, if only I could find my own dead horse to beat, over . . . and over . . . and over . . . and over . . . and over . . . and over . . .

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