Monday, June 09, 2008

Hungry for Attention

James already linked to this but it's so wonderful I couldn't resist.

For a while, Gadsby's bid for attention got him just a few interviews with online radio hosts. But last week, state Sen. Karen Johnson, a Republican from Mesa, visited Gadsby and delivered a letter to McCain's office asking him to meet with Gadsby. That garnered coverage in The Republic, as well as a major news radio station and two television stations.

Is this the perfect movement for narcissists or what? Continuing on the domestic problems theme:

It also helped him get out of the doghouse with his wife, who asked that her name not be included in this article. Gadsby said his wife, a nurse, did not want him to go on his hunger strike and was in tears when he returned home the first few nights.

Blair was an ultra-realist when I talked to him on Memorial Day, telling me he hoped to go two weeks, and setting an outer boundary of June 11. He absolutely assured me he was not on a starvation diet.

But in the Republic story he's got a much more Hollywood ending in mind:

But Gadsby has no end date for his protest. Except he hopes that by August he could return to teaching religious studies at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

He figured his fast would end with him passing out and being carted away by supporters.

"I won't do this again," he said. "I'll just say, 'I did my best.' "

I can see him being carried off on his sign like some ancient protester of yore. And not even bending it even though it's made of cardboard.

Blair is starting to enter Howard Beale territory. The media are suddenly interested in him and he's getting the ratings. But you know that NOBODY will see him eat his second meal, so he's gotta draw it out. The idea that he will be doing this in August is hilarious; he'll be in a wheelchair in another two weeks, a bed in three.