When The Reform Club was a bit younger, I noticed the excellent comments to our posts by a fellow calling himself “TVD” and urged him to reveal himself. He did and I asked Tom Van Dyke, legal headhunter, game show champion, and musician to join our act.
Tom came on board and is the original source for our now stupendously well-circulated line claiming that to be “miered” is to be “unscrupulously torpedoed by an ally.” He hasn’t gotten the credit because the media powers that be refuse to give him any additional time after his stints as champion of Joker’s Wild and Win Ben Stein’s Money (a show that will be remembered for unleashing the amazing half talent Jimmy Kimmel upon the world).
Gwinnett County budget-meister Jay Vinicki (a very longtime personal friend of an entire lifespan) called me to say that The Reform Club is once again in the mass media as part of Newsweek’s Blog Watch. Color me impressed.
Thanks, Mr. Van Dyke. Great things may lie ahead. I can remember when we were thrilled to be mentioned at NRO’s The Corner. (Actually, we’d be thrilled to see that again. Do it, Goldberg. Do it, Ramesh.)
I’d be remiss if I didn’t say that I dispute (and disputed) the definition of being “miered.” In my book, Ms. Harriet was not torpedoed and it was not unscrupulous. The cannon were all fired from above the surface of the water and war was fairly declared. The result was a good one.
Still, the turn of phrase was brilliant and there is NO argument about that.