Today's interview is with that Part-Time Pundit, John Bambenek...
The interview panel is ready with their questions...
What did you think of the whole dust-up over Heyden's being selected to head the CIA?
It's what it always is, politics. The Democrats thought Bush would be weakened by bringing up torture, CIA prisons, Iraq, and the NSA. So they dragged out the hearing which allows Senators TV time and coverage about their pontifications. Largely, they were successful in using the occasion as another platform to beat on Bush. They can appeal to the far-left fringe at the same time and keep their base energized and their pockets open. Bush, for some reason, has decided that he will only campaign in campaign season, so it seems he lets himself get beat up all year long and then comes on strong during election season. It's worked so far, we'll see if it works in 2006. If recent polls are any indication, Bush does far better when he fights back.
Which is worse: ignorance or arrogance?
Arrogance. You can work with ignorance.
What newspaper column do you enjoy reading the most?
What newspaper comic strip to you enjoy reading the most?
Peanuts... I get enough politics on the Op-Ed page. :)
What's your favorite newspaper?
Wall Street Journal
What is your favourite book?
"Witness" by Whittaker Chambers
Ever "done it" with a fat chick?
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If you could be a full-time pundit, who would you pick as your assistant?
I've already reserved that position for my wife. She helps turn my incoherent ramblings into coherent ones.
What's the best column you ever wrote?
"Lent and the Carnival" published 3/1/06.
What was your worst day blogging?
I don't know if there is a specific day. I've had long runs of blogger burn-out and plenty of days of hate-mail. Nothing has been specifically remarkable.
What is the greatest mystery?
What is your favorite song?
I've been pretty fond of Evanescence lately. "Tourniquet" is a good song.
What's the most Redneck / White Trash thing you've ever done?
Slept in my pickup on the side of a highway because I was too tired to drive.
What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
I'm not sure there is one specific word... pretty much all "consultant" speak buzzwords I'd like to blot out from the collective memory of the human race.
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Good music for all three. Music has a fascinating power to pump people up or bring them down.
What turns you off?
What is your favorite curse word?
What sound or noise do you love?
The sound of nature far away from the city.
What sound or noise do you hate?
The sound a fax machine makes when you're sending a fax, particularly when I answer my phone and it ends up being a fax machine.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Lawyer (for a legal aid clinic)
What profession would you not like to do?
What would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Thanks for joining us today. We appreciate your taking our questions.
Next weekend, we'll have Crazy Politico on Saturday and Miriam (Miriam's Ideas) answering questions on Sunday.