The NYT Magazine Q&A this Sunday hosts longtime blogger Mickey Kaus, who has decided to run for the Senate in California -- to the right of incumbent Barbara Boxer. On the subject of other writers/bloggers he complains: "Ezra Klein gets under my skin. He seems to spout the party line. I think he knows that it’s wrong but feels it’s his duty to fight the good cause." He also reveals that he once made $90,000 as a blogger for Slate but now has taken a pay cut. Also: It's unclear if he can keep writing for Slate as he runs for office.
Here's an excerpt:
Are you married?
No. There must be something wrong with me.
Can your campaign survive the collective attacks of bloggers?
I’m pursuing the dense-pack strategy. You do a missile-defense system where you’re completely open to multiple missile attacks. But the idea is that the incoming warheads will knock each other out.
The opposite could happen: with bloggers deciding to seek office.
I guess the larger point is we’re in an age where the barriers to politics, like the barriers to journalism, are collapsing. There’s this whole notion of a party in a laptop that got credence when Howard Dean ran.