We here at The Last Chance Democracy Café are big Eric Alterman fans. Myself, I’ve always thought that compared to some of his contemporaries at The Nation — Alexander Cockburn comes to mind — Alterman provides a good example of how it’s possible to be a literary liberal without necessarily having to come across as someone whose mind is floating somewhere near the orbit of the recently demoted ex-planet Pluto.
It’s an old obsession of mine: Contrary to conventional wisdom, I firmly believe that liberals have much more common sense than conservatives. And I see this quality on display in Alterman’s writings (most of the time), including his blog, which, by the way, I once made fun of.
So you can imagine my distress upon discovering that Eric has been arrested. But what distresses me even more is what a boring arrest it was. I mean, really, Eric, if you were going to go and get yourself arrested couldn’t you at least have done something interesting — or at the very least something illegal? You know, streak naked across the stage of one of the Republican presidential debates, throw a pie in Bill O’Reilly’s face or etch “Bush Sucks” into a table during a White House tour.
Instead, what do we get? An innocent misunderstanding? Yawn.