A journalist (for dead trees such as Vanity Fair and The Nation) from Portsmouth, England. A consummate anti-dandy ("Hey, Chris! Forget your tie again?"). As fine and funny a political writer as William F. Buckley in his prime. Essay collections include For the Sake of Argument and Prepared for the Worst. Sometimes gets on talking-head shows, when a Tweedle Dumocrat calls in sick - he's possibly the only US leftist to get any real face time.