Keeping Up with the Christie Crises

Cable news has been so preoccupied with the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370 that they’ve lost touch with the ballooning scandals surrounding New Jersey Governor and doughnut connoisseur Chris Christie. Therefore, it falls upon us to bring you up to date on the most recent developments.

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Bartcop, 1953-2014

One of our friends and allies, Bartcop, passed away this morning after a protracted illness – one which he and almost everyone he knew had expected to take him years ago. His eponymous Web site was launched in 1986 after Internet guru Marc Perkel, a fan of his e-mail newsletter "Rush Limbaugh, Lying Nazi Whore" (both Jeff Koopersmith and I were also subscribers)  cold-called him and offered to turn his newsletter into a full-fledged Web site. We're talking the very early days of the Web, the days when the new, high-tech Netscape browser was overtaking Mosaic. The rest, as they say, was history.

I met Bartcop in 2002 at the epic "Juliefest" party for Julie Hiatt Steele in Washington – the same event at which I met Julie, Marc, Joe Conason, James Carville, David Brock, Bart's pals from Buzzflash, and a hundred or so of his closest friends. Bart was laid-back, gregarious, wisecracking – and we all downed several shots of Bart's preferred beverage, quality tequila.

I'd been saving a bottle of Chinaco Añejo for a good occasion. Those plans are down the drain, and tonight I'm downing one in memory of Bart. I know I'm probably not alone on that count.