Supply Meets Demand

Don’t know why I was surprised at this, given such precedents as Ollie-North-the-Senate-candidate and William-Calley-the-Vietnam-War-critic and, well, the Kardashians generally. Still, I was in awe at the advent of John Rocker as an op-ed writer for the birther fanzine World Net Daily. Gotta figure it’s the perfect example of supply meeting demand. If you’re one of America’s most famous loudmouthed wingnut bigots, where else would you go to to get something off your chest?

Rocker’s column is a marvel: a five-and-a-half graph windup to a two-and-a-half graph tirade against “big government’s” persecution of fellow steroid user Roger Clemens.

I don’t know if Rocker’s appearance at WND is a once-off phenomenon (he is still trying to hawk copies of his book) or if the site’s readers will insist on a regular gig. But he certainly does fit right in.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.