RIP Wonkette

The Washington Post reads:

Wonkette is dead — long live Wonkette.

Ana Marie Cox, the writer who made Washington politics irresistibly naughty, is giving up her job as a full-time, pajama-clad blogger to become a full-time, pajama-clad author. Cox, who just signed a contract for her second book, will hand off the political Web site to David Lat, the lawyer who secretly penned Underneath Their Robes, an irreverent blog about the judiciary world.

Law Blog adds to the story here:

Here’s the latest buzz: Queen of the blogosphere Ana Marie Cox is said to be handing over the reins at her spicy political blog Wonkette. David Lat, the federal prosecutor who revealed himself to the New Yorker magazine in November as the author of the popular “Underneath Their Robes” judicial blog, is expected to start blogging for the site. Lockhart Steele, managing editor of Gawker Media, which owns Wonkette, declined to comment. We hear that Lat will have a co-editor.

TalkLeft provides that Lat is a conservative version of our very own LibertarianGirl:

The new law blog at the Wall St. Journal reported Monday that Ana Marie Cox will be leaving Wonkette and replaced by David Lat, the male prosecutor who authored Underneath Their Robes pretending to be a female named Article Three Groupie. Lat has left his job with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Newark to write Wonkette.

I’ll be sure to miss Cox over at Wonkette. Call me a sexist, but her sex-laden reporting style of inside-the-beltway issues is unlikely to be as attractive to me with Lat sitting in the driver’s seat. I’ll miss both panda pics and butt plug commentary with the same sense of loss.

One positive I note is that her loss will likely be a gain for HoT, as our already exponential traffic growth is certain to benefit from Cox’s departure.

Stephen Gordon

I like tasteful cigars, private property, American whiskey, fast cars, hot women, pre-bailout Jeeps, fine dining, worthwhile literature, low taxes, original music, personal privacy and self-defense rights -- but not necessarily in this order.

  1. Cox was a shitty writer and nearly braindead. I met her at a DC bar once and was not impressed in the least bit.

    Now that they’ve got a new writer, hopefully they’ll change that godawful logo of Wonkette’s.

  2. Beavis,

    I wasn’t as enthralled with the quality of her writing as I was with the style of it. While obviously not the style employed by me or anyone at this site, it still generated a lot of traffic and made at least for interesting reading.

    Like you, I’m curious about how the site banner will change.

  3. This is kind of off topic, well actually it is toally off topic.

    I presume you enjoy smoking cigars and I do as well. I just started about 6 months ago and I was curious as to what brand of cigar that was in your picture and if you could recommend some brands to me.

    So far my favorite brand is Gurkha.

  4. Writing styles are amusing but different ones are appropriate for different places. I’m a lot… “cleaner” and no-nonsense on here than I am at my own blog, for instance. It’s just a matter of what’s apropos.

  5. TDV:

    I don’t remember what I was smoking the night that pic was taken, but I do remember that I was celebrating election returns. The cigar in the picture is likely to be a Fuente Opus X (double corona, judging by the apparant size). It could also have been from a box of pretty good (but unidentified) factory rejects my brother and I picked up on the road one time.

    My mainstay cigar is the H. Upmann Churchill, but I experiment a lot and also recieve a lot of cigars as gifts.