When Angle saw me, he was thrilled. "Bernie, my good man," says Angle. "Sit down and enjoy the show." Ron says "my good man" a lot.
"Would you like a cup of coffee?"
When I said I would, he told me exactly where to go to steal a cup. I then shared that secret with a magazine publisher, who was also watching the show.
Now the show Finnigan was doing was pretty good. Don Cunningham was there, as was Whitehall Mayor Ed Hozza, a very bright and funny guy. And they all had a very refined discussion on the pros and cons of municipal consolidation and crap like that while I was sharing fart jokes with the Bulldog.
When that show ended, Finnigan decided to stick around for the second show. Ron Angle and Michelle Young were the Evil Conservatives, and were girding for a tag team match against the Righteous Libs, featuring Mike Schlossberg and Jude Laure-Denis. They were going to discuss the Tuesday Night Massacre.
Of course, it got wild, and I started hooting and hollering from the peanut gallery. Finnigan would tell me to shut up, but that just made me louder. Angle loved it until I started cheering for Schlossberg.
Words like "boner," "crap" and "whore" were being tossed around as Iannelli played ref. You're not gonna' believe this, but Angle was actually innocent.
"He's a boner," shouted Obamagirl Jude, referring to future House Speaker John Boehner.
"It's Boehner, not Boner."
"I don't care. I'm calling him John Boner," retorted Jude, who also claimed that people don't like Obama because he's black.
"She's in la la land, and couldn't find her way out with six seeing eye dogs," snapped Angle as Schlossberg rushed to her defense, insisting she'd only need three seeing eye dogs.
Schlossberg blamed everything on Shawn Millan, Charlie Dent's campaign manager, whom he calls an Evil Genius and the "Karl Rove of the Lehigh Valley. That's true, too.
It was a trip, but what was really cool about it was that nobody was taking anything personally and they were all laughing at points.
Then it came time for the show about bloggers and real journalists, pitting me against Express Times Editor-in-Chief Joe Owens, Morning Call reporter and pretty boy John Micek and WFMZ anchor Eve Tannery. Talk about a stacked deck! Angle and Finnigan stuck around for the slaughter and began doing waves and shit like that in the audience.
Naturally, I told Micek and Owens that they both suck, that their election coverage was horrid, and Thank God for Eve Tannery and Channel 69. I got her on my side before they knew what hit them. Finnigan and Angle loved it, but Owens went ballistic. He was pissed to begin with because he only arrived a minute after me, but had to wait in the lobby for a half hour until someone came for him.
I did have one legitimate complaint. On election night, I was going back and forth for election results between WFMZ and The Morning Call. WFMZ did an outstanding job of posting results quickly, but The Morning Call really dropped the ball. At 10:30 PM, after Callahan had conceded, The Morning Call still showed him up by 6 points with 10% of the votes tabulated.
I attacked, just like the bottom-feeding blogger I am. Owens got in my face, while Micek got all defensive, saying they "had done their best". I thought he was going to cry.
Then Owens got really dirty and just had to bring up my Charlie Dent tattoo, which was supposed to be a private matter. So I slammed The Express Times for its goofy Jake Towne endorsement, telling Joe that they had endorsed a robot with an exoskeleton, and that nobody could reach Towne on election night because he was at a Star Trek Convention. In the meantime, Angle was hooting and hollering in the peanut gallery, taking score.
Owens eventually understood that I was mostly screwing around. Not Micek, whom I had called an elitist and a slew of other names. He never really caught on. He literally ran out as soon as the show was over. In fact, I think he jumped out a window.
Owens and I left together. He was nice to me until we got into the parking lot, where he kicked my ass. Yes, I went down, but I was swinging.