My first time was in January 2005. Regarding his first time, Steven Gutowski of College Politico said, “Well, frankly, my first time left me speechless. It was simply breathtaking. All I can really say for sure is that her links are real and they're spectacular.”
You don't forget the first time you're linked by Michelle Malkin, the first lady of the conservative blogosphere. Malkin first started blogging at MichelleMalkin.com in 2004. Already an established writer, she had previously been a columnist for the Los Angeles Daily News and The Seattle Times. She also had a New York Times bestseller under her belt. Her columns are now nationally syndicated through Creators Syndicate and she has written several bestsellers, including Invasion, The Case for Racial Profiling, Unhinged and Culture of Corruption. She founded HotAir.com, which helped bloggers like Ed Morrissey and Allahpundit gain a larger following, and featured our own HUMAN EVENTS editor Jason Mattera's ambush videos.
I have been fortunate enough to work with Malkin on research for Unhinged, as well as organize several of her lectures on college campuses. She's always willing to meet a fan, sign books or help fellow conservative writers and bloggers. She's also a fierce defender of America and conservative values, which makes her a target of leftist lunatics (i.e. Keith Olbermann and DailyKos commenters).
Malkin wrote, “Despite my online presence, I was born and remain an ink-stained wretch.” She has rightly taken advantage of the growth and freedom of online media, which has led to lots of opportunities for a feisty conservative like Malkin. She's a Fox News contributor, blogger and best-selling writer, but the roles she cherishes the most are that of wife, mother and American.
1. If there were a television channel that only showed one movie over and over, what movie should it be?
MALKIN: The SpongeBob SquarePants movie. My kids have watched in 997 times and still aren't tired of it
2. What’s one of your favorite movie quotes?
MALKIN: Favorite movie quote of 2010: Barbie, Toy Story 3, "Authority should derive from the consent of the governed, not from the threat of force!"
3. In A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell is strapped in with his eyes propped open and forced to watch images until he was "cured." If you could give President Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Leader Harry Reid the "Clockwork Orange treatment," what movie would you make them watch?
MALKIN: A video montage of The New Black Panther Party Remix from Human Events; Pete Stark's collection of raving mad moments caught on tape; the clip of Kathy Griffin smearing Scott Brown's daughters while CNN reporter Dana Bash laughed; and uncensored footage from Code Pink's naked rally in Louisiana. Ew.
4. What pop culture souvenir do you own that people would be surprised to learn that you cherish?
MALKIN: A Land of the Lost lunchbox.
5. What's your current “guilty pleasure” non-news television show?
MALKIN: How It's Made, Science Channel. Once a geek, always a geek.
6. What was the first rock concert you ever attended and where did you sit and who went with you?
MALKIN: Er, it's not "rock," but the first memory I have of attending a contemporary music concert was seeing the late, great Teddy Pendergrass perform in Atlantic City. It was before the car accident that left him paralyzed. I sat with my family in seats close enough to see his sweat.
7. Does an actor or actress’s political beliefs keep you from enjoying their performance? Is there anyone you won’t watch?
MALKIN: Yes. After watching their 2008 public service announcement in which they "pledged to be of service to Barack Obama," I cannot look at Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher without having a gag reflex.
8. What's your favorite craft project with the kids?
MALKIN: With my 6-year-old son: Shrinky Dinks.
With my 10-year-old daughter: Crocheting Christmas snowflake ornaments.
9. What's the one thing you would do as President "just because you could"?
MALKIN: Appoint Chuck Norris as White House press secretary.
10. What do you enjoy most about your job? What do you enjoy the least?
MALKIN: Enjoy the most: Autonomy. Great commute (a couple of yards from the bedroom to home office). Bottomless supply of blogging, column, and book material.
Enjoy the least: Having to go back to D.C. every once in a while. Occupational hazard.
11. One mainstay in politics are the grip-and-grin photos that line people’s walls and desks. What grip-and-grin photo do you cherish the most? (And you can’t say President Reagan because that would be everyone’s answer!)
MALKIN: The photos with all the brave and brilliant American soldiers I met on my 2007 embed trip to Baghdad.
12. What’s the coolest thing you’ve been able to do because of your role in the political arena?
MALKIN: I always get a thrill up my leg when I speak on college campuses and meet future right-wing rabble-rousers - especially all the intrepid conservative gals and conservatives "of color" who ditch the left-wing plantation and drive their professors, classmates, and the identity politics-clinging media mad.