The bad news is that at tonight's University of Alaska Anchorage talk given by Jonah Goldberg, called "The Media is Dead, Long Live the Media," he got his biggest laugh, by a wide margin, as he described the caning on the U.S. Senate floor in 1856, of U. S. Senator, Charles Sumner.
The disgusting part of this was a combination of three things:
1) Goldberg knew a lot about the incident.
2) The audience probably didn't.
3) But Goldberg's gestures of somewhat minimally, but actively and gleefully re-enacting the caning of Sumner with downward thrusts of his arms, as if holding a bat or cane, aimed at an object on the floor, drew open guffaws and full belly laughs. The reaction obviously excited Goldberg.
Jonah Goldberg, an intensely dishonest man, trying out his newest
hat tip - AK Muckraker