If It's A Fair, Where Are All The Rides?

Well, if you're bored and want to see the Pulp make an ass out of himself in person, rather than here on this prime piece of Internet real estate, come out to the Miami Book Fair Sunday. I'll be pimping my book, Florida Pulp Nonfiction, there (sales have been a little limp lately, people) and pretending like I belong. And, for once, please judge me by the company I'm keeping. With me on the panel will be Jim DeFede, Sean Rowe, Robert Andrew Powell, and Ben Greenman, all great journalists with South Florida ties. In fact, they're all former Miami New Times writers. Our little talk, which begins at (time corrected) 12:30 a.m., has a big title: "Journalism in the New Millenium."

Oh, and on Saturday, GOP lawyer Barry Richard, who while representing George W. Bush during the 2000 recount always looked like his ass was puckered, will be speaking at the National Association of Former U.S. Attorneys' (NAFUSA) annual conference at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Miami Beach. National Law Journal writer Julie Kay (that's right, she made the step up from the Daily Business Review) writes that Richard is expected to blast the Bush Administration.

"I am concerned with the Bush administration's assault on American liberties ... how the administration deals with habeas corpus and the administration's posture on electronic surveillance," he told Kay. "This administration has gone farther than any other."

Richard to the rescue. I hate the way people can pave for Bush or for his war and then try to distance themselves. If you backed him, you're responsible. If you were his lawyer, you're reprehensible. But who cares, it's all about money anyway. Richard just wants to get some of that Democratic mojo.

However, Richard acknowledged that he has had few jobs representing Democrats since the highly publicized 2000 case and he chafes at being viewed as "a Republican mouthpiece."

"What I was proud of was that before 2000 I represented both parties," he said. "I would like to get back to neutral."