If you're a bit of a political-junkie --or have to be, 'cuz you occasionally write or freelance in that oft-eerie arena-- you're missing out big-time if you don't e-subscribe to the free Politico Playbook penned daily by the wolverine-on-amphetamines D.C. reporter Mike Allen.
(chuckle) Tho occasionally --even if, one presumes, innocently-- Mike "discloses" stuff that may seem like puffed-up love-notes... but may well be scathingly ironic.
To wit, re: Hillary Clinton's lucrative new gig as a public speaker:
" For about $200,000, Mrs. Clinton will offer pithy reflections and Mitch Albom-style lessons from her time as the nation's top diplomat. ('Leadership is a team sport.' 'You can't win if you don't show up.' 'A whisper can be louder than a shout.')..."
(grin) For $200-grand-per, instead of offering astonishingly facile clichés, I'd surgically remove my own appendix for the audience.
Toss in a first-class hotel reservation for the appearance, I'd throw in a chainsaw-juggling exhibition, too.
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— Earl Merkel
(POSTSCRIPT: And if I were Mitch Albom, I'd seriously consider suing Mike Allen for defamation. — EM)