December 13, 2005

INDC Journal, the novel


I kid you not:

Cox came to fame in 2004 as Wonkette, a D.C. insider whose blog injected (and still injects) levity and sarcasm into the earnest national political scene. In her snarky fictive debut, it's August in a presidential election year, and Kerryesque nominee John Hillman has failed to wow the Democratic convention. Worse yet, Hillman is under attack from the Citizens for Clear Heads, who claim that the candidate, as a student, took part in mind-control experiments, and now may be under someone's control. Campaign staffer and heroine Melanie Thorton must divert the media from the Clear Heads story before it destroys what's left of Hillman's appeal; she also hopes to rekindle her affair with a high-powered (but married) reporter. Desperate to distract the press (and herself), Melanie creates Capitolette, whose wholly fictional blog describes paid sexual dalliances with elected officials. (Cox's early blog link to Washingtonienne, whose exploits match Capitolette's exactly, set in motion the chain of events which would reveal Washingtonienne as real Hill staffer Jessica Cutler.) Wanting to keep the Capitolette story going, Melanie and her best friend find a (very) willing D.C. waitress and teach her to play the role of Capitolette—a role she embraces, in bedrooms if not online, as unintended consequences pile up. Cox aims for a light comedy of Washington power, halfway between Primary Colors and Sex and the City. Her powers of plot construction, though, don't match her political savvy: emotions are predictable, plot twists few. Fans of Wonkette's wit will find themselves better served by her blog—unless they want to revisit August 2004 as seen from the Kerry campaign, which few real Washingtonians (and even fewer Democrats) want to do.

Kind of like a Henry Higgins/Eliza Doolittle romp minus the foot-tapping music but with lots of girl on girl action and anal sex jokes.

For. the. love. of. all. that. is. holy!

Posted by Steve at December 13, 2005 03:07 PM | TrackBack

Her political saavy? I saw her tell Tina Brown the right wing blogosphere (that's us!) did the country a disservice over Rathergate, because there WAS a story there, the memos notwithstanding. Right hon, you & Mary Mapes

Posted by: beautifulatrocities at December 13, 2005 03:59 PM

I generally don't read blog fiction unless it includes lots of guns and a conspiracy involving the Knights Templar.

Posted by: The Colossus at December 13, 2005 04:06 PM

Washingtonienne and Wonkette, and those pictures of them carousing, are proof that sometimes, even good gay can be bad gay.

Posted by: Brian B at December 13, 2005 04:43 PM