Joe Klein has had a very bad day. The following is an e-mail to an old school political activist Uncle of mine, about the Instantly Legendary formerly-anonymous blogger aimai’s recent encounters, both in person and on-line, with the Legendary Liberal TIME Magazine pundit. Sometimes the blogosphere is mean and calls him, “Joke Line.” But he’s on TV all the time, and has a print circulation of a few million, so His Opinion Must Not be Questioned.

Starting…NOW! The e-mail to my uncle.

It turns out aimai is the granddaughter of one I.F. Stone, with whom I’m not familiar but bet you are.

Aimai and Joe at a party.

Joe, on Swampland today.

Aimai, in response.

Glenn, trying to stay above the fray.

Lots of hilarious stuff on other blogs, too.

Update: I just cannot get over how people of a certain age, sociopolitical stratosphere, or mentality have not yet understood that everything is in the record now. Baffling. Uh, everyone? We can pretty much literally now, “go to the tape.”

I’ve been reading aimai’s commentary on several very intelligent blogs I read regularly for a year or two at least, and it is a little creepy even to me how defensive I feel for her. Taking on The Man is Serious Business. But mostly when I read aimai’s work/play, I think, “Boy, she sure is a lot smarter than most people.”

And here’s another thing! Nothing has become more clear to me than the glaringly obvious fact that there are better writers doing better journalism, entertainment, and intellectual debate out there than those thrust upon us without consent. See, “Joe Klein.”

House secret: I once got to ask a prominent and relatively straight (and to me) respectable journalist a very direct question after she’d had a coupla popsicles: “You folks want an articulate liberal voice? Why don’t you hire Digby?”

Terse: “We’re not going to hire Digby.” Me: “Why not?” No answer to that one.

Her next topic was, I shit thee not, “We want you back as subscriber.”

Update 2: Joe Klein is a corporate liberal. I hate being embarrassed for people, even Joe.