Jonah Goldberg's Hard Climb to the Top

he makes simpsons references!Could National Review Online's hunky "editor-at-large" (and we do mean large) Jonah Goldberg be any more hot, more now? He's profiled in The Hill this week, and, like, wow: He is this town's Paris Hilton, Chloe Sevigny, Peter Jackson and Vincent Gallo all rolled into one. According to The Hill, he has "a penchant for referring to pop culture as easily as to Hayek or Keynes." So cute. He also -- and where have we heard this before? -- takes "the oxymoron out of hip conservative." Neat! How does he do it? It's not easy to be so cutting-fucking-edge, is it? He says it all comes down to pushing the envelope: "I’m willing to make jokes about ‘The Simpsons.'" And we thought William F. Buckley was going out on a limb when he made all those "Cathy" references.

Goldberg's humble, too. You may not know this, but his mother, Lucianne, gained just a smidgen of notoriety during the Clinton administration. Something about an intern? Well, Jonah helped his mom out a bit when her schedule got jammed -- you know, answering phones, going out for pizza, appearing in her stead on Fox -- and one thing led to another and before he knew it, he was the editor of the National Review Online! A real Horatio Alger story, and Jonah shyly admits as much: "Ultimately, the whole [Lewinsky] thing helped me, but if you were a betting person in 1998 you’d have said it would have destroyed my career. It took a lot of hard work on my part to make that not happen.”

Hard work and "The Simpsons" references!

Clean-shaven, sober and fully clothed [The Hill]


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