Roll out the ice cream and election cake, because the Dig’s tenure as Chief Political Reporter at CAFE turned one year old this week!
And what a year it’s been. I’ve come a long way since my first blockbuster articles, explaining why Ben Carson needed to play the Eliot Rodgers card to win the gun vote, and correctly predicting that the burly, muscular Jim Webb and his big, heavy boots would win the first Democratic primary debate. Since then I covered both conventions, I out-predicted Nate Silver in this year’s primaries, I exposed Bernie Sanders as a fraud (when his supporters beat me up and caused me to cry), I started my own hit podcast, and I exposed Donald Trump as a bully (when his supporters beat me up and caused me to cry).
Speaking of that podcast, the 14th episode of the Digcast is out today, featuring special guest Washington Post columnist, author of A Field Guide To Awkward Silences, and creator of the delightful @EmoKyloRen account Alexandra Petri. Check us out on iTunes as we gab about male feminism, Donald Trump’s awful crimes, and Star Wars. Or listen in on Soundcloud:
A one year anniversary is a time to reflect on one’s 30+ year career covering insider politics. I made the leap to digital relatively late in the game. I’ve always been a print kind of newsman, long preferring the sound of an IBM Selectric and the feeling of wet newsprint on your fingers. I loved the smell of ink so much my old editor Marvin Dimples at the Minnetonka Bugle would sniff his nose at me and exclaim to the other cubs, “Just look at this filthy pile of waste. Don’t let him touch anything in the office.”
But, as they say, print is dead.
After Marvin’s mysterious disappearance, I made waves as a top Minnesotan pundit, but never hit the national stage until I was sent to DC to cover the Bush presidency in 2000. It was there I got the biggest scoops of my career, such as my earth shattering investigation into Paul Wellstone’s bisexuality, but also met then-Mrs. The Dig, (now Ex Mrs. The Dig). The child I created with her is what kept me going long after I was recalled to Minnesota, and had been put through the living hell of family court. Colby, your old man wouldn’t have been able to make the jump to digital without you. Your round, unsmiling face flashed before me whenever I thought about giving up. This anniversary is as much yours as it is mine. I love you, son.
But that’s enough fanfare: we have a regularly scheduled mailbag to take care of.
Dig, it looks like Trump is on his way to losing his bid for the White House, but not without bringing a few down-ticket Republicans along with him. With the party in demographic disarray and few prospects on the bench, what is the future for the GOP?
Paul Tonne in Bensonhurst, New York
The Republican Party is about to learn the greatest thing one can do to succeed is to fail. When Donald Trump loses, his most fervent followers will see that racial terror has failed, and that they have to sit down and listen to the party establishment who warned them about sending Pepes to respected journalists. After this, the party will rebuild around exciting up and coming stars such as Eric Cantor and Tom Cotton. The new, streamlined GOP will push for bipartisan ideas such as tax breaks for crowdfunded apps for small business and a complete naval blockade of Iran, all while totally repudiating racism. Damn, now you’ve got me all excited for the 2020 race!
Why is every male journalist talking about how they’ve never bragged about sexual assault? Isn’t that kind of a low bar? Are you guys just self-congratulatory oafs who awkwardly try to entice women half your age by stuttering out platitudes?
Clara Barrett in Kansas City, Missouri
I shouldn’t even be acknowledging this kind of accusatory and rude garbage, but I need to stand up when people try to erase our activism as men in media. You see, Clara, young people look up to older pundits as role models. Guys like me or Jonathan Chait aren’t just offering our opinions, we’re offering a way for men to be. By bravely stating we have never assaulted anyone and don’t know anyone who has, we’re showing young men that it’s cool to not endanger women. I know that setting a good example isn’t ironic and detached enough for you, but if I can just make one entitled moron Millennial man realize that it’s not good to hurt women, I feel like I’ve done my job. You’re welcome, by the way.
Carl “The Dig” Diggler has covered national politics for 30 years and is the host of the Digcast, a weekly podcast on iTunes and Soundcloud. Got a question for the Dig? E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet @carl_diggler.