Wonkette comes to Detroit for Saturday night good times
Wonkette arrived too late to help with Thad McCotter’s petition drive, but the folks from the snarky political blog are hosting a party at The Bronx on Saturday night.
Detroit is the second stop on Wonkette’s national bar crawl because, as editrix Rebecca Schoenkopf explains, they were inspired by Detroit’s gritty never-say-die attitude.
“Well, because, anywhere I’m going, I using it as an excuse to throw a party. And I’m going to the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies convention [at the Book-Cadillac],” said Schoenkopf, apparently unaware that Detroiters just hear what we want to hear and that usually means we hear affirmations of our gritty never-say-die attitude.
The bar tour follows Schoenkopf’s purchase of the site from long-time editor Ken Layne in March.
Wonkette’s snarky style may not be for everyone, but it’s hard to not treat American politics as a complete and total farce when a highly-trafficked political website like Wonkette is owned by a writer who occasionally goes by the nom de plume “commie girl” and government worker Paul Ryan passes out Ayn Rand novels like they were food stamps.
Buy your own copy of We The Living, looter!
“We make it fun for the people to love their horrible political stories,” she said. “You rant and you rave and you screech about. That’s the best way to do it. It’s great fun, but I do think it’s terribly important. I’m glad NPR is doing well…but we can’t all be National Public Radio. Some of us have to have our hair on fire.”
And no one should understand that better than Detroit’s political junkies. Have you seen the dreck we elevate to high office? Texty grifters, Congressmen unable to manage a petition drive, severance happy county hacks, Barbara-Rose Collins.
My God, if we didn’t laugh, we’d have to cry. Huddled naked in the corner of an unfurnished dark room in a filthy walk-up tenement.
Schoenkopf says the first Wonkette party in Los Angeles drew about 45 people.
Detroit, we should be able to top that. Surely, we can outdraw the effete leave-Dodger-Stadium-early-to-beat-traffic-and-miss-Kirk-Gibson’s-World-Series-homerun town of Los Angeles.
After all, Wonkette once wisely described Kwame Kilpatrick as “an awful humiliated loser who can’t spell ‘Ben’s Chili Bowl.’”
They totally get us!
Plus, there will be ten free pitchers of beer and enough complimentary fried food to collapse a Freedom Tray. That’ll draw a crowd.
Wonkette's Detroit Party starts at 7:00 PM at the Bronx Bar. -- JTW