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Scandal!

Awesome. A hard-to-follow inside-baseball progressive blog scandal! What's at issue here, I couldn't quite say, but there seems to be money involved. Meanwhile, the Prospect's office is in the very same buiding as Ketchum where they apparently pay columnists hundreds of thousands of dollars to do propaganda for the federal government. I feel left out in all this cashing in. Won't someone please try to bribe me to do something? I work cheap. Frankly, I think the producers of 24 and The Wire should throw a little cash my way for all the publicity I've done on their behalf. Or at least some free DVDs.

In totally unrelated silly blog news, Brad Plumer reports that "I don't really like Led Zeppelin so I was kind of relieved when I stopped having to pretend I did." I'll go him one better, I really don't like Led Zeppelin and sometimes have this dream where every Zeppelin song vanishes from every jukebox in America sparing me from their overwraught self-indulgence forevermore.

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Finally, liberals determine the real issues and enemies...!

Posted by: MattB | Jan 14, 2005 11:32:40 AM

I think any blogger (or frequent commenter) should consider his or her situation carefully before accusing anyone of "overwrought self-indulgence."

Posted by: alkali | Jan 14, 2005 11:37:02 AM

Same building, eh? It seems like with a little "garbology," MY and the TAPPED staff could crack the whole Ketchum case wide open.

Posted by: dstein | Jan 14, 2005 11:38:09 AM

24 is a terrible, awful show and if you aren't getting a paycheck for watching that repetitive dreck I'm at a loss to understand why anyone would like it.

Posted by: absynthe | Jan 14, 2005 11:40:21 AM

Matthew,

Your antipathy to Led Zep in some circles might be considered a serious character flaw. I chalk it up to your all too post modern generation. How can you hate on Immigrant Song or Kashmir?

Eli

Posted by: Eli Lake | Jan 14, 2005 11:42:45 AM

Thank you for saying what needed to be said about Led Zepplin.

Posted by: jw | Jan 14, 2005 11:53:59 AM

Won't someone please try to bribe me to do something?

Huh? I thought The American Prospect bribed you to promote their magazine on this site. It is, after all, pretty good publicity for them, this being one of the Top Five Liberal Blogs and all...

Posted by: Al | Jan 14, 2005 11:55:31 AM

"What's at issue here, I couldn't quite say, but there seems to be money involved."

What's at interest here is the fact that the lefty blog with the largest readership can be bought and paid for in an intra-party fight.

What's at interest here is the fact that the lefty blog with the largest readership is run by an ambitious political consultant who doesn't disclose his client list, or even make clear that he is a consultant.

What's at interest here is that if no one holds Zuniga accountable, he'll do it again, and so will others who share his lack of ethics.

Posted by: Petey | Jan 14, 2005 11:56:32 AM

I'm generally OK with Zeppelin, with one huge exception: I can't stand Stairway to Heaven. I have absolutely no idea why people love it so much. To quote Dave Barry, it would be a much better song if they cut about 45 minutes out of it.

Posted by: Devin McCullen | Jan 14, 2005 12:05:25 PM

Petey:
"or even make clear that he is a consultant."

You're kidding, right? It was all over his website and posts at the time. Examples here and here...

Posted by: Kackalack | Jan 14, 2005 12:18:41 PM

It's all good Devin, Robert Plant doesn't like Stairway to Heaven all that much either.

As for you, Mr. Lo-Fi College-Rock Weblog Author, I will counteroffer with to the removal of all Steve Miller songs from jukeboxes as soon as record store clerks stop pestering me with that Pavement bullshit.

Posted by: norbizness | Jan 14, 2005 12:18:55 PM

What Kackalack said.

Petey -- unbelievable.

And we wonder why the repugs control all.

Now back to what is important -- music shuffles.

Posted by: MattB | Jan 14, 2005 12:21:05 PM

Petey, did you just lie right here in front of all of us? dailykos.com had a prominent disclaimer that he had done consulting work for the Dean campaign. It was no secret that Kos was a Dean supporter who then also did some consulting for the campaign.

Posted by: Constantine | Jan 14, 2005 12:21:57 PM

Yeah, he just did.

Damn, the DLC types got LONG memories. He's never going to get over the primaries.

Posted by: absynthe | Jan 14, 2005 12:23:10 PM

What's at interest here is that if no one holds Zuniga accountable, he'll do it again, and so will others who share his lack of ethics.

Dude, whatever. Kos was going to support Dean anyway, and he disclosed everything. I'm fairly anti-Deaniac myself and not a huge Dailykos fan, but I mean, come on.

Also, his last name is Moulitsas.

Posted by: JP | Jan 14, 2005 12:27:15 PM

This isn't too hard to figure out -- Z. gets interviewed by Wall Street Journal reporters, her comments about Kos and Jerome get exaggerated, the headline is even worse, it involves Dean so it of course goes straight to Drudge, and voila!

Posted by: Kuz | Jan 14, 2005 12:28:46 PM

Led Zepelin is the greatest grandiose rock band of all time.

I mean, this from a guy who likes the friggin' Foo Fighters, the Michael Richards Show of the music world.

Sheesh.

I'm with Eli Lake on this one.

Posted by: praktike | Jan 14, 2005 12:33:19 PM

I was wondering if Petey was going to show up for a bit of mud slinging and he didn't disapoint me.

Now, Petey, we all know that Markos was very up front about his work for DFA and just because you've had a very angry bee up your ass for the last year is no reason to make stuff up.

Get over it Pete, you'll live longer.

Posted by: Sharon | Jan 14, 2005 12:38:26 PM

I am the DLC! I am fueled by the blood of small woodland creatures! Tremble as I politick my way through politics, leaving only welfareless children in my wake! Tremble!

Posted by: DLC | Jan 14, 2005 12:43:33 PM

Matt, you don't have to like Zeppelin. But you're dismissing their achievements far too flippantly.

They were groundbreaking and influential. Superb musicianship (especially John Bonham), innovative multi-layered arrangements on par with few, including the Beatles, Hendrix and Floyd, and a unique blending of musical styles coming from other continents and folk traditions. Lyrically, they were often also far above the pack, blending romanticism, folk, and blues. Listen to a track such as Over The Hills and Far Away, and if you can't see the multiple sections, rhythms and guitar tracks as genius, then I feel a little sorry for you. Yes, the music is heavy. But it's more than that.

I'm especially puzzled since you always extol these flavor of the month contemporary bands that are derivative of bands that were derivative of others. You need to open your horizons a little.

Posted by: Buford P. Stinkleberry\ | Jan 14, 2005 12:44:23 PM

OK, so Petey overstated the case a bit. But the more general point is still correct: while Kos disclosed about Dean, he did not disclose his other clients. Were any of the "Kos Dozen" (I think that's what they were called - the House and Senate candidates he raised money for) his clients? Did he plug any of them on his site by including them in his list of "targetted races"? I would think that's something that people who were persuaded by Kos to donate money to those races would want to know.

Posted by: Al | Jan 14, 2005 12:58:42 PM

You can hate Led Zep all you want(I dislike most of their output post II), but they should be respected, no, worshipped, for "When The Levee Breaks". It's the very definition of Heavy.

Posted by: jayinbmore | Jan 14, 2005 12:59:13 PM

I too have always hated and will always hate "Stairway to Heaven." On the other hand I think their version of "Travelling Riverside Blues" is brilliant and stands up well next to the original. And what jayinbmore said about "When The Levee Breaks."

Posted by: Ted | Jan 14, 2005 1:18:03 PM

Not that much of a Zeppelin fan, but I'll take them over a steady dose of reggae any day. Got stuck in a Starbucks with a loud reggae soundtrack, it about drove me out of my skull. Most things in moderation is a better plan.

And you NEED the Two Nice Girls cover of Feel Like Makin' Love. (I think they were an Austin band, but I'd be rather surprised to find them invited to the inauguration. And I am really disappointed in Del Castillo. Now, if someone could sneak the Austin Lounge Lizards in, and get them drunk, that would be worth listening to.)

Posted by: dr2chase | Jan 14, 2005 1:30:16 PM

Let me throw in that "Hey Hey What Can I Do" is my favorite Zep song. One of the best love songs ever.

Posted by: Al | Jan 14, 2005 1:32:47 PM

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