Conservative Punditry’s Leading Lights

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Our new Prez is just too cool for school. He had dinner the other night with the leading lights, such as they are, of the conservative punditry. One doubts how much he was able to eat, or keep down, with George Will, Bill Kristol, and (possibly) Rush Limbaugh at the same table, but I’m quite sure they came away thrilled and at least somewhat likely to tone down the rhetoric.

I know from personal experience that it’s much harder to savage someone in print if they’re a ‘real’ person to you, someone you’ve chatted with, someone with whom you have mutual friends. Certainly the conservatives must find this to be true of the suavest president since JFK.

This guy is the bomb. Now if he’ll only give an inauguration interview to the cutest, most persistent reporter on the planet.

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