Kristof Hasn’t Put In the Time

Nicholas Kristof appears on Real Time with Bill Maher (Screenshot via YouTube)

One of David Foster Wallace’s funny little pleasures in life was insisting that journalists and literary types who wanted to interview him make the journey down to the Cracker Barrel restaurant in Bloomington, Ill., where he habitually conducted such business. He wanted to make sure that anybody who came to talk to him really wanted to. “If anybody wants to talk to me, they have to drive a long way and come to sh**** restaurants,” he told Patrick Arden.

I think Nicholas Kristof needs to spend a little time at the Cracker Barrel, or the Oregon equivalent.

Kristof, as you may know, wants to run for governor of Oregon. He quit his job at the New York Times to make this possible. But he doesn’t live in Oregon. Or didn’t. Not for a long while. And, as it turns out, to run for governor, you have to have been a resident of the state for at least three years. Kristof is, on that score, ineligible. Kristof says this is “politically motivated” and plans to challenge the rule.

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