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April 17, 2006

C-SPAN On The Interweb

For those who missed my Washington Journal segment this weekend, it's now up at C-SPAN's website. Here's a direct link (watch the first video, which is just my segment; the second is the whole three hour program). Make sure to stick in past the first few minutes -- past McCain -- when I relax a bit.

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Just watched the C-SPAN vid, and you did good. Surprisingly, you came across to me as more moderate than you write (in political aura).

You did project your command of the issues and politics that you do so well here and at TAPPED. A fine performance. I'd like to see you in a one-on-one debate with someone from the political right.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Apr 17, 2006 5:41:51 PM

It's the old politics of a liberal, temperment of a moderate thing.

Posted by: Ezra | Apr 17, 2006 5:49:21 PM

Ezra man, great job. Smart, articulate and refined. You should really do more of this. Ezra the pundit, not bad.

Posted by: Joe | Apr 17, 2006 6:20:02 PM

Nice tie.

Seriously, great job. Very articulate.

Posted by: Emma Zahn | Apr 17, 2006 6:52:03 PM

Great job!

Yes, the topics of the callers were interesting. And you comported yourself in a professional manner.

But dude, when the caller asked when you graduated...being young isn't a liability. When someone with your brains and education can, at a young age, engage and discuss policy with the depth you do, only someone threatened by that would make age an issue. As you implicitly pointed out, one doesn't need to have lived when William Jennings Bryan lived to discuss political issues of his times. One only has to be very well read, educated, and smart.

You, my friend, are all of those. I was proud to watch you and say "Dude came to my blogger's party!"

Posted by: SteveAudio | Apr 17, 2006 7:37:16 PM

Watched Washington Journal yesterday and thought you did extremely well articulating the sense of fatigue people are feeling about the typical left/right debate. I think people are looking for more authenticity in politics, just like they are seeking more authenticity in society, community etc.

Good work.

Posted by: Steve Frisch | Apr 17, 2006 7:37:17 PM

I couldnt get the links to work. Am I the only one?

Posted by: Michael Wilson | Apr 17, 2006 7:38:14 PM

No, I can't get the video links to work, either.

Posted by: spike | Apr 17, 2006 7:42:50 PM

Excellent job, Ezra. Quite poised and articulate.

I agree that you verged on defensive about your age, and that you don't need to be. But otherwise, it was a virtually flawless performance.

Now I want to see you on a more bruising, fast-paced cable news talkfest.

Posted by: realish | Apr 17, 2006 7:45:06 PM

Do you guys have RealPlayer installed on your computers?

Posted by: Ezra | Apr 17, 2006 7:45:53 PM

Just saw it. You came off great. I don't know if you prepared or were just thinking quick on your feet but you responded to the random questions really well. You are also freakishly handsome so that doesen't hurt your cause either.

I think you got a lucky draw there, as you didn't really have to square off with any real wingnuts & the republicans you did talk to were fairly reasonable & polite. I saw Michael Crowley on WJ recently, allegedly to talk about his Abramoff piece, & all he got was wingnut after wingnut asking him how long he'd been a member of the communist party & whether or not he & Stephen Glass were still dating. I sometimes think a large swathe of the people who wake up & immediately tune into C-Span are more dangerous to our republic than our more uninformed apolitical animals.

One thing I'm confused about, were you serious about favoring a 10,000 payment to all Americans or were you just joking?

Posted by: Dustin | Apr 17, 2006 8:30:54 PM

Very refreshing. After experiencing all the angst that goes along with the suspicion that we'll be nuking Iran shortly, it was nice to take a break and listen to someone address what actually matters to Americans in their daily lives.

Posted by: Paul Dirks | Apr 17, 2006 8:34:04 PM

Woot! Well done, Ezra.

Posted by: scarshapedstar | Apr 17, 2006 8:44:35 PM

Yeah, I got it to work by setting the default player on a few more media formats to RealPlayer. Anyway, nice stuff!

Posted by: spike | Apr 17, 2006 9:37:05 PM

spike is right on c-span videos; open RealPlayer and go to Tools, then Preferences, then Media Types. Click on the option for 'Manually configure media types' and then click Select. Scroll down the resultant list of media types and enable Real Time Streaming Protocol. Dig on Mr. Klein.

Which, Ezra, by the way: WELL DONE. I am a little more secure in my politics today, thanks to you.

(And I'll admit I got a little misanthropic kick out of the phone-in Bruin who tried to imitate your extemporaneous eloquence and sunk in his own effort like so much verbal quicksand)

Anyway, continue to do your thing, because it totally fucking works. Enjoy DC (i.e. have a hamburger at the Red Lion (cheap/delicious = epic/boss)).

blessings and bright flowers, good sir

Posted by: petomai | Apr 18, 2006 2:56:45 AM

Hey, I'm a bit more wonkish than the "average bear", but you RULED! Based on that performance, I'd like to see an actual debate w/ you vs. well, almost anybody. Terrific performance.
Somewhat off-topic, but I'm disappointed by the failure of (anybody) to even discuss, let alone address the abject failure of the War on Some Drugs. I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on the matter.

Posted by: Bamage | Apr 18, 2006 10:08:42 AM

Lovely job. It's really, really, really hard to be on-camera, especially live. I've only done it a few times, back in 2002 when the book came out; my segments were much shorter, and it was only the local news. But still, having those cameras pointed at you: Eeeeeek! I was thinking about the movie Tootsie, specifically Jessica Lange's comment to Dustin Hoffman: Just think of them as something friendly, like a firing squad...

It--being on TV--gets easier with each appearance, but it's always a little nerve-wracking, and I have tremendous admiration for people who can do it with such ease. If you were at all nervous, Ezra, your articulate delivery and command of the language took over for you until you loosened up. Bravo.

And as for age, well we "grownup" women aren't supposed to want people to know how old we are, but I tell people all the time: I'm 45. I wouldn't worry about what people perceive; I'd simply answer the question honestly (people are intrigued by the all-too-rare combination of obvious youth and brains, that's all) and move on as though it's not an issue. Because it isn't.

Posted by: litbrit | Apr 18, 2006 10:26:39 AM

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