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5:10am on Sunday the 16th of June
LINDSAY BEYERSTEIN EXPLAINS WHY SHE TURNED DOWN THE EDWARDS-BLOGGING JOB THAT BROUGHT DOWN THE WRATH OF THE PATRIARCHY ON AMANDA MARCOTTE
[Pseudonymous Edwards campaign staffer] Bob and I arranged to have an exploratory conversation on Sunday, Jan. 14, after the Martin Luther King Day commemoration service at Riverside Church in Harlem, where John Edwards was scheduled to speak. It was a mutually convenient time because Bob was there with the campaign and I was blogging (and photographing) the event.

After the three-hour ceremony, Bob worked his way through the throng of parishioners and choir members to greet me as I packed up my camera gear. He's a slight, soft-spoken guy in his 20s with short, dark hair and bright green eyes.

"You guys put on a great show!" I said. It was true. Everyone from Chuck Schumer to Bill Moyers had showed up to watch John Edwards denounce Bush's Iraq escalation in Hillary Clinton's backyard.

It was already dark and drizzling when Bob and I left the church. Bob was telling me how John Edwards was going to be a different kind of candidate. We, a new generation of Internet-savvy activists, had finally come of age. We were going to help Edwards run a campaign that was totally outside the Beltway.

I nodded. The glow of the ceremony was still with me. Anything seemed possible.

As we walked, Bob downloaded his vision: The whole Edwards campaign was going to be a decentralized grass-roots operation.

"Elizabeth Edwards gets it," he said with unabashed admiration.

We settled into the back of a small, brightly lit shawarma joint and ordered baklava. After this heartfelt pitch, Bob asked me if I was interested in blogging for the Edwards campaign.

I was dazzled by Edwards' speech, Bob's vision and the sense that I might be on the verge of the big time. I wanted to jump on the bus, but I knew I couldn't...
Salon.com digg this
You'll have to read the rest to find out what happened! Edwards is lucky that she didn't end up writing his blog, because way too many potential voters would've been struck dead by the electrifying prose.

P.S. She never does download the dazzling, decentralized, heartfelt answer to that one burning question: How was the baklava?

P.P.S. You people aren't getting it. Laugh it up all you want, but this is one of the most fact-packed articles ever to appear on Salon.com. Which is saying something! Why, this brief excerpt alone tells you the following:
  • There was an MLK Day service in Harlem
  • It was almost as long as Malcolm X
  • It glowed
  • The Edwards campaign employs at least one young man who has bright green eyes, is not really named Bob, and is not afraid to express his admiration for Elizabeth Edwards to a lefty blogger
  • Bush is escalating Iraq in Hillary Clinton's backyard
  • Well, that's what the kids are calling it these days
  • The Edwards campaign is totally outside (not inside!) the Beltway
  • The verb "to download" can be used at any time to describe any form of communication
  • Lindsay Beyerstein is one bus ride away from the big time
If you can't appreciate this, you're just not Internet-savvy.
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