It never ceases to amaze me what wild speculation, fantastic scenarios, and ridiculous fantasy Joe Klein is paid to produce on a regular basis. His writing takes on the persona of an empty headed teenager looking to be swept off his feet by a handsome and virile presidential contender.
This week’s love interest is Al Gore because Klein has clearly fallen out of love with Barack Obama. It is a flabbergasting turn of events after his public falling out with Bill Clinton whose bathwater he happily drank for 16 years. Writing of the man he calls the Natural, he said, “Bill Clinton has redefined his wife’s campaign. He has made it a co-candidacy. He has cheapened it by using cheesy, misleading tactics against Obama.”
Now, just one week after singing Obama’s praises after the Speech in Philadelphia, he’s spinning some bulls*it Al Gore-as-compromise-nominee-scenario when every other pundit in the land predicts Barack winning this thing. Talk about kicking a brotha when he’s down. I genuinely thought that Klein was truly in love this time and I don’t mean with the sound of his own voice, but truly smitten with Barack in the same way he was with Bill Clinton.
In his 2006, 3,178 word piece, The Fresh Face, he made a great show of kicking Barack’s tires and probing his intellect, but it was subsequently clear that he was smitten and self-conscious of his growing puppy love and the betrayal of his soul mate, Bill Clinton. Words are like sperm to Klein and spilling that much seed must really mean true love, or at least lust. It is sad for it to end this way and a real tragedy for America.
All of us, myself included, wait with baited breath for Joe’s columns to come out so that we know how to think, act, and feel. His flights of fancy become ours and his loves become ours as well. The entire nation lives vicariously through him. His importance, at least in his own mind, cannot be overstated. If I were to run into his editor at Time I’d simply say, “After payin’ imperial narcissist Joe Klein’s exorbitant salary for umpteen years, I know y’all got room for a level headed Skeptical Brotha like me.”