It's Just Blogging.
Man, I hate it when good bloggers start to take themselves too seriously and end up thinking they are Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite or other members of the media glitteratti.
Recently, a very popular gay left-wing political blogger caught hell from a good portion of his readers by posting a photo of himself at a political gala standing next to one of the GOP's most loathsome female members.
He said it was "campy," then got defensive when challenged about saying, "what a nice person she was."
All politicians are nice to people in public. That's part of the game. As a former MSM reporter, I've met and interviewed my share of politicians, and they've all been very charming on the surface. Big deal.
Many of us come into close proximity with famous people just by leaving our homes and going to ordinary events like political rallies, good restaurants or parties.
If I met George W. Bush, however, I would not smile and pose for a photo with him as if I cared about being seen with him.
I would not do a grip n' grin photo with any GOP politician, any more than I'd pose with Ted Nugent, Osama bin Laden, O.J. Simpson or Fred Phelps of the "God Hates Fags" ministry.
And if I did sacrifice my political principles and make breezy chitchat with a neo-con political celebrity at an event, I sure as hell wouldn't blog about it.