Many political bloggers have pulled out their chisels, eager to pick apart the record of Judge John Roberts — or the media’s coverage of that record — only to discover that there isn’t much of either to chip away at. (I mean, face it — the guy has been a judge for less time than “The Apprentice” has been on the air.)
Perhaps this vacuum accounts for at least part of the popularity of one Stephanie Klein, whose own blog has been getting a lot of attention — maybe because it offers so much more to pick apart than Judge Roberts’ oh-so-bland bio.
No one has accused Klein of bland. She’s the creator of Greek Tragedy, and she has already reaped more benefits from blogging than most could dream of. First came the book deal, then NBC started working on a sitcom based on the book, and now comes a piece in the New York Times Style section. Those who didn’t already know about Greek Tragedy must have been anxious to see first-hand the blog that the Times described as a “voyeur’s playground” with a host of groupies addicted to Klein’s candor and “Sex in the City”-esque lifestyle — as of this morning, the number one search on Technorati was “Stephanie Klein,” and the fifth most popular was “Greek Tragedy.”
Most of the blogs that come up with a “Stephanie Klein” search are written in languages other than English — a testament to her claim to an international following. A blogger from Costa Rica who learned of Klein’s blog through the Times article wrote a 1,260-word analysis of “Why Stephanie is still single.” Obviously Klein’s marital status came as a surprise to him: “Here we have a clearly intelligent, reasonably attractive person, a talented and creative individual with a pretty excellent sense of humor. What is the problem? On the surface, this woman should be prime quality.”
So what’s the diagnosis? “Bluntly, she is perhaps one of the more superficial, immature, shallow, money hungry, status-seeking people I’ve met through blogs … and I fear a women [sic] seemingly devoid of a value system or boundaries.”
And that writer isn’t the only one who thinks he can see past Klein’s flowing red curls to her vapid heart; the sorority girls at Barnard must have seen it too: “If she was as socially immature at Barnard as she is now,” he wrote, “I can fully understand why she was the only woman in her class not to be invited to join a sorority. They had her number.”
In response, Michael Carroll, who blogs at Global Pot Shot, asked in the comments section: “Did you go to college in the 1920s or something? No one is TOO emotionally immature to be in a sorority. Don’t they have ‘Girls Gone Wild’ in Costa Rica yet?”
Klein’s tale in the Times prompted more than just long-winded musings on how a “reasonably attractive” woman could manage to maul her chances at marriage — it also led Jesseanna at goofus musings to confess to being a “fame-o-phile” jealous of Klein’s success, and inspired one zaftig woman to start her own blog that, like Greek Tragedy, chronicles the single life in New York City.
But back to the serious stuff. After Sandra Day O’Connor’s announcement of her retirement, bloggers rushed to their starting blocks, waiting to criticize whomever Bush proposed. When we got a nominee who shocked the masses with his Y chromosome, lack of a Mariachi hat and a barely controversial background, the watchdog bloggers found themselves drilling dry holes. After all, there’s only so many times you can criticize a middle-aged white guy for being a middle-aged white guy before you need to search around for something bigger.
So when the Washington Post ran a front-page article pointing to a discrepancy between Roberts’ statement that he “has no memory” of membership in the Federalist Society and records that list him in the 1997-98 leadership directory of the organization, antsy bloggers were on the case.