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Someone sent me a link to a video of a seemingly drunk Matt Yglesias – kumbayist, humanitarian, progressive blogger for Think Progress – basically jubilant over Tim Russert’s death. I don’t know the context, maybe Russert had screwed Yglesias’ mom, or maybe this was just a long-running joke in that portion of the blogosphere.
Now, to be fair, I could see myself joking at a party about a famous person’s death – especially when drunk. I’ve done it before, and I’ll probably do it again. But Yglesias and other cognitive elites/progressives/liberals pretend as if they have a corner on the empathy/humanitarian market. Their rhetoric is filled with dog-whistled messages that those who aren’t liberal “have no heart” – to borrow Rick Perry’s phrase.
But basically, Yglesias is an asshole just like you and me.
Update: That “interview” was conducted by Wonkette at an Utne beer-drinking festivity. It is still unclear if Yglesias was playing the foil for this interviewer after he got a lot of heat for writing an article critical of Russert three weeks before his death, or if he was relating his true feelings off-the-cuff. As a commenter at that site wrote, Matt Yglesias has a face for radio and voice for blogging.