Bourbon Cowboy

The adventures of an urbane bar-hopping transplant to New York.

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I'm a storyteller in the New York area who is a regular on NPR's "This American Life" and at shows around the city. Moved to New York in 2006 and am working on selling a memoir of my years as a greeting card writer, and (as a personal, noncommercial obsession) a nonfiction book called "How to Love God Without Being a Jerk." My agent is Adam Chromy at Artists and Artisans. If you came here after hearing about my book on "This American Life" and Googling my name, the "How to Love God" book itself isn't in print yet, and may not even see print in its current form (I'm focusing on humorous memoir), but here's a sample I've posted in case you're curious anyway: Sample How To Love God Introduction, Pt. 1 of 3. Or just look through the archives for September 18, 2007.) The book you should be expecting is the greeting card book, about which more information is pending. Keep checking back!

Monday, February 11, 2008

GOP Hijinks in Washington...No, the OTHER Washington

For some reason a lot of my friends are convinced that McCain is a dangerously strong Republican presidential candidate. None of these friends, I should add, are Republicans, and so for them I'd like to point out the following: after Super Tuesday, where McCain was all but assured the nomination, rather than rally around their candidate, Republicans showed up at the caucus to vote overwhelmingly against him, and nowhere is this clearer than in Washington state, where, as Josh Marshall notes, 74% of the caucusers voted against McCain--including 16% who voted for Romney, days after he dropped out of the race.

But it gets more interesting. This weekend should have been a significant blowout/comeback for Huckabee, because he swept in two out of three of the caucus states...but the third was Washington, and the GOP leadership there, when Huckabee and McCain were within less than 2% of each other, stopped announcing votes with only 87% of them counted, and then overnight unilaterally declared McCain the winner.

Luke Esser, who's in charge of the whole thing, explained his reasoning in a transparently half-assed rationale...then stopped taking any phone calls. Huckabee has gotten his lawyers involved. The whole thing promises to be quite entertaining...if it gets any traction in the mainstream news. I just listened to NPR and they said barely a peep about it, and there's nothing on my usual sources of mainstream online news. In the meantime, as these links above show, Talking Points Memo is all over it. This is just the sort of slightly-under-radar reporting that they follow up on really well. Watch it. If I were a Republican, I'd be really really pissed.



Blogger Chad E Burns said...

Today show covered it in an interview with Huckabee. I think he made a good point about disenfranchisement.

2/11/2008 10:30 AM  

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