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Best C-SPAN Moment Evah!

Posted on | October 18, 2010 | 24 Comments

Helen Rittelmeyer is a friend of mine, a brilliant young conservative writer whom I long ago dubbed “The Amazing Miss Rittelmeyer.” Exactly why her ex-boyfriend Todd Seavey decided that a C-SPAN book forum would be an ideal place to discuss their “tumultuous” relationship . . . well, see if you can figure out why he’s her ex-boyfriend.

Update (Smitty):
Todd: hey, dude, nothing bites like having to sit next to someone who has kicked you to the curb. I don’t know if there will ever be another opportunity as good as this, so this shout is out to you, man:


24 Responses to “Best C-SPAN Moment Evah!

  1. Paul Abarge
    October 18th, 2010 @ 6:29 pm

    Oh, I don’t know. I don’t think she comes off on top of this. I’m of the opinion that the guy pretty much eviscerates her, and deservedly so.

  2. Paul Abarge
    October 18th, 2010 @ 6:32 pm

    By the way, I’m with Bob on storming the ramparts and dumping Rich Lowry. I would also throw on the pyre Jonah Goldberg and pretty much all of the Nancy Boys at National Review. As we head towards the November elections, the whole group has become tedious and intolerably elitist.

  3. Tobias Sherman
    October 18th, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

    That was two things:

    1.) The longest I have ever watched any C-span feed
    2.) The most entertaining and lively C-span feed I have ever seen.

  4. Robert M. Engstrom
    October 18th, 2010 @ 6:59 pm

    Having interned with Helen at the National Journalism Center, I’m surprised she let the bitter, misguided Seavey off that lightly. She is one sharp-minded woman capable of laying out and defending the positions she takes.
    Seavey is obviously out of his league with her and was waaaay out of line with that tirade.
    Helen need not respond further on this subject. Seavey made it pointedly clear that he’s a jerk and she’s a class act.

  5. AUTiger89
    October 18th, 2010 @ 9:20 pm

    I also DVRed this and watched it later. Seavey came off as a classless jerk.

  6. Todd Seavey
    October 19th, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

    You really don’t know what it is you’re defending here, Robert. Neither did I for over a year, though I began slowly to realize after that.

    I said so little compared to all that could be said, and one day, if things do not turn out well, many people now defending Helen will realize that. Trust me, your chivalry here is misplaced. Mine led to my comments being as restrained and circumspect as they were. I will leave it at that.

  7. Mindinour
    October 19th, 2010 @ 4:12 pm

    I really enjoyed this episode.I admit I was drawn by the “Teapot
    Tempest” of Mr. Seavey’s dating history statements. I can understand his chagrin. Ms.Rittelmeyer is Hot! It’s high time that
    Conservatives admit that we can be sexy too. Aside from that, I
    got some very interesting arguements and info from all the panelists and questioners. Come on for too long we have allowed ourselves to be characterized as dry and sexless. Ideas are sexy too. The woman that said,” me your checkbook and{ I’ll know your beliefs(paraphrased)}…” was on the money and very attractive too. We want “hearts and minds” people-gotta get real.

  8. ECM
    October 19th, 2010 @ 6:25 pm

    Mr. Seavey, even if every single word you said about the lady was true, it was still highly inappropriate (if admittedly entertaining) for you to act in such a way. I think you should seriously consider counseling.