I’ve been hesitant to pile on Mickey Kaus for running for Senate. It takes guts to run for state office and I’ve never seen the point of throwing spitballs at someone with no chance of winning anyway. But James Wolcott makes a good point:
And is Mickey running on anything other than unionism, welfare, and immigration? He’s a bit undiversified in his concerns. I can’t say Mickey the policy journalist has been at the forefront of environmental issues, on women’s issues he seems to be permanently AWOL (like most neoliberals of the graduating classes of The New Republic and Washington Monthly in the eighties), and the horror of the Iraq war never seemed to have penetrated the enchanted forest of his eternal chirpiness.
At least Norman Mailer and William Buckley had some original ideas when they quixotically ran.
What bugs me the most about the self-styled media mavericks of the Slate-TNR industrial complex (Kaus, Easterbrook, Kinsley, etc.) is that they’re dickless and unimaginative in a way that Mailer and Buckley and Thompson and Vidal (for all their shortcomings) never were.