The conversation is about to change. To an Internet so crowded with outlets that parrot the conventional and remember close to nothing, to the most entertaining political season of our lifetimes, Esquire is thrilled to welcome Charles P. Pierce as the lead writer on The Politics Blog. One of America’s great voices and consistently the smartest man in any room in which we get together around here, Charlie has resigned from The Boston Globe and will begin posting here on September 26. You know him from his great work as a contributing editor at Esquire over the years, including some of the most alert political thinking of our time (“The Cynic and Senator Obama,” “The Bomb That Didn’t Go Off, earlier blogging here), or maybe you just know him from NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. He also wrote a book based on an essay for this magazine, Idiot America, that continues to be one of the defining narratives of our wild times. And that’s what we hope Charlie, along with some of our regular contributors, will come to represent in posting here very often and very emphatically: a place for sane discourse and important conversation in this, perhaps the craziest time of our lives. Stay tuned.
Hilariously funny, totally acerbic, unwilling to suffer gladly those who suffer fools gladly, Pierce will be a welcome voice of outraged sanity while the madness which is American politics 2011 keeps rolling us down hill toward disaster. The only glitch in all this is that there is no RSS feed for the blog, but the first entry is up. I did this little capsule of it for a Facebook post:
“It is not possible to run for president as a Republican these days without at some level having to become a parody of yourself. Running within a radicalized, self-contained universe with its own private, physical laws and its own private history, with its own vocabulary and syntax that has to be learned from scratch almost daily, requires an ongoing manic re-invention that can do nothing but make the candidate look ridiculous to people outside that universe….To borrow a line from that noted Republican, Bobby Knight, this party couldn’t lead a whore to bed.”
Go read the whole damn thing and rejoice in our good fortune.