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Timothy Egan writes a guest column in the NY Times in which he whines that Joe the Plumber got published. He starts off the article saying "I don't want you writing books," and goes on to rip the plumber to shreds, rhetorically.

And yeah, I'm not going to buy the guy's book, but... who is Timothy Egan, anyway? The "about the author" section for this column just says "Maureen Dowd is off today." Hm, looks like he's written some books, or something. What were his credentials before his first book was published, anyway?

No true progressive tells someone "I don't want you writing books." Grr.

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shaggy_man
Dec. 10th, 2008 05:31 am (UTC)
Of course, there's the assumption here that Samuel J. Wurzelbacher is actually going to write the thing. I would have assumed that he will instead be providing a job for some reasonably-qualified ghost writer, which tends to weaken Egan's point.

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