Something like 85% of my traffic is from Google, and I enjoy looking through my stats and finding out what people were looking for when they came to my site. It's not always pleasant, as Sleestak
will attest. Sometimes the search terms are downright creepy.
One thing that I noticed that people are searching for lately is pictures of Amy Walter. I posted about Amy back in October
of 2006. Now, she does not get as much traffic as Ann Coulter's boobs
or Britney Spears' panties,
but Ms. Walter is perhaps a notable figure that appeals to the more cultivated or refined political bloggers.
I can understand the frustration of these bloggers seeking pictures of Ms. Walter. If you search on Google you can only find a few pictures of her,
and I can say with some degree of certainty that there are no pictures of her on the internet wearing a miniskirt and go go boots.
I have been following the career of Ms. Walter for some time. She writes for non-partisan periodicals, so I am not even sure if she is a Democrat or a Republican. I just know that she is smart, and when I watch her it's hard for me to concentrate on what she saying anyway. This is what I wrote about Ms. Walter back in October 2006:
Am I the only nerd that has a crush on Amy Walter? When she says the word "gerrymander," it makes me want to appoint a special counsel to the UN. She can hold a special election in my district any day. Zaius Nation
At this point you may be asking yourself, "Who the heck is Amy Walter?"
She is the Editor in Chief of "The Hotline"
] and she has a weekly column in National Journal
[ 2, 3
], "On The Trail".
(The National Journal is a hoity toity weekly magazine that provides "Insight for Insiders"
and is "read by members of Congress, Capitol Hill staffers, the White House, Executive Branch agencies, the media, think tanks, corporations, associations and lobbyists."
] The annual subscription fee is about $1800.)
She is also one of the hosts of Hotline TV,
which is a "subscriber-only morning round-up of the previous evening's late-night political jokes, 'Play of the Day,' and a video podcast/online television show, Hotline TV."
] You can also watch episodes of Hotline TV
at their website.
"Amy Walter is one of the nation's top political forecasters. She has been successfully handicapping U.S. House races since she received The Washington Post's Crystal Ball award for her spot-on predictions in 2000. As editor in chief of The Hotline, the National Journal Group's online briefing on politics and policies, Amy Walter is the publication's primary voice.
Amy Walter was dubbed one of the most powerful people in politics in George magazine for her insights into the mechanics that make the political machine run. She has served as a political analyst for CNN and as a panelist and commentator on CBS' Face the Nation, Meet the Press (NBC), Washington Journal (C-SPAN), The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer (PBS), and the CBS Early Show. Amy Walter provided election night commentary for CNN in 2002, 2004, and 2006. Walter is frequently quoted as a congressional election expert in newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Times." [...] Her speaking fees range from $5,000 to $10,000. leadingauthorities.com
She was recently on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher,
where she could barely get a word in edgewise with the other panelists, scumbag Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) and delusional author David Frum. Here is the link to some of the comments about the show on the National Journal's blog.
When I first wrote about Ms. Walter, she was worked for Cook Political Report.
Since that time she seems to have gained more respect among bloggers and journalists, as these two recent comments will attest:
Mar 04, 2008, IMT said:
No you're not. Its the way she smiles with her eyes. You just know the gears are turning... and some of them are not on the subject at hand. Bright, approachable, an attentive listener, someone you'd very much like to have coffee with.
Her on-air style resonates with me. I like the unpolished demeanor she projects on-air. And let's not forget she looks very natural both on and off camera.
Amy is a great example of what a successful, intelligent, and thoughtful American women can be like. Contrast her to the shrill and dismissive talking head women so popular in the media today. What you'll see is an individual who is comfortable with who they are and what they do and do not know.
Personally, I'm thankful I get to watch and listen to Amy as often as I am.
And that, gentle readers, is what it's all about. There is nothing as exciting as a successful, intelligent, and thoughtful woman - a woman without pretense, who speaks here mind and knows what she is talking about. (Although a miniskirt and go go boots are definitely a plus...)
Feb 29, 2008, Anonymous said:
I'm a 42 year old straight guy (sure, a geek), and I think Amy Walter is smokin hot. I just say her on Maher Real Time, and she is oozing with intelligent sexuality.
Well, I guess that intelligent sexuality does have a way of oozing, I suppose.
Ms. Walter is often quoted as saying, "Every politician is always looking for that perfect sweet spot, that place where you can find the perfect balance." Well Ms. Walter, I must say that I have a sweet spot for you right here, in my heart.
Oh, Ms. Walter - one day I will tame your wild and wanton ways...
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