First of all: Thank you. Thankyouthankyouthankyou. I am humbled and amazed by the generosity of those out there in the tubes. You have made it difficult for me to maintain my air of jaded bitterness, but since I assume that is one of things you are paying for (in addition to my email address, the opportunity to ask a McCain staffer a question, etc.) I shall continue to struggle to keep it. Perhaps I will watch some more "Rock of Love" re-runs. Or Sarah Palin rallies.
At the moment, donations come to about $2500 -- a thousand past my goal of simply seeing the McCain campaign off into the gentle night come Nov. 4 (literally! sort of!), and just about enough to cover spending election eve out on the trail as well. My original plan for the Radar piece was to go out with the campaign for the last five days, and my favorite McCain staffer (hi there, Kristin!) has assured me that I am "manifested" on the campaign charter for those five days. It is a position -- being "manifested" on the plane -- for which other journalists' egos have fought and died for and I am loath to give it -- my "manifestation" -- up, so I'm going to keep this little bake sale going in hopes of not simply being "manifested" but rather actually inhabiting the corporeal space on the McCain plane as well. Also, I may never get to use the word manifest as a verb again.
And now that Radar no longer exists: anyone who ponies up over $1500 to cover the price of that seat will have the privilege of naming it. That is, when the McCain aide who sends out the daily seating assignments, she (Kimmie Liscomb, everyone, girl genius!) will need to put something down where "Radar" used to be. BEFORE (click to enlarge):
Sure, I could use my own name, like Sophie, the French documentarian, but, I would find that sad and also I do not want the kind of brand recognition Sophie has.
And, by the way, this is just for fun. There's no official list, there's not really a way to preserve the genius that might be, say, "Ana Marie Cox, representing Joe: The Magazine," or "Ana Marie Cox, of ACORN! The MUSICAL!" or "Ana Marie Cox, brought to you by Stanley Kurtz." But I will take pictures of said seat, send you the seating chart and, you know, it will live on the memories of us all.
Please no language that I cannot safely repeat on national television. And please avoid the use of the names of any actual candidates. Or staffers. We depend on the good will of Kimmie for this to work -- in general I depend on the good will of Kimmie for a lot. For everything else, I depend on you.