Brushes with Greatness

February 28, 2011 10:20 am

I mentioned once before here that back in early 2004 the press person for a little-known state senator from Illinois named Barack Obama emailed me at TPM and asked if I could meet with the senator when he was next in DC. Because I always have my finger on the pulse of American politics and can magically sense what’s coming next over the horizon, I never got back to them. I don’t really remember whether I blew it off or simply forgot to get back to them. And as those who know me well can probably attest, it’s often very difficult to distinguish the two.

But now it turns out I missed the boat on another brush with greatness.As you may have noticed, Alexis Madrigal has now revealed the identity of @MayorEmanual on Twitter. And it turns out that in his early attempts to jumpstart the attempt with random trolling attacks on other reporters, I was the recipient of one of these attacks!

From Madrigal …

With great cultural works, we like to recall how they began, their first lines. Call me, Ishmael (Melville). A screaming comes across the sky (Pynchon). He’s in love with rock’n’roll, whoa (The Clash). On September 27, @MayorEmanuel was born with the following Tweet: “fuck you right in your fucking face-hole.” The carnival had begun.

After that first tweet, @MayorEmanuel blasted Politico, Josh Marshall from Talking Points Memo, ABC News correspondent Jake Tapper, two local Chicago political websites, and @FakeDavidMamet. When that last account responded, “I Shuffle, You Cut,” @MayorEmanuel replied, “It’s only words, unless they’re motherfucking true.”

So again, I could have been part of history. But I missed the boat. I wonder what the attack was. Maybe I don’t want to know.

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