Ron Brownstein is the nat’l affairs columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He writes a weekly column on politics and policy as well as regular pieces for the newspaper’s Sunday Current section. Previously he served as the Times’ nat’l pol. corr. He has been with the paper since Jan. ’90, except for seven months in ’98 when he was at U.S. News. His book “The Second Civil War: How Extreme Partisanship Has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized America” will be published this fall. But today he’s our Friday Feature:
What was your first job?
Staff writer for Ralph Nader. He had a simple theory: If you worked your staff all the time, you wouldn’t have to pay them anything because they would never have time to spend money anyway. But he offered the very useful advice that the only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
What’s your most embarrassing on-the-job moment? (Or as embarrassing as you’d like to reveal?)
I covered my first major political meeting (a rules fight at the DNC between Walter Mondale and Gary Hart) with a giant bandage on my nose, courtesy of my cat, freaked by a neighboring dog.
If you could have any other job besides the one you have now, what would it be?
If they had not just hired such a good one, doing color commentary on the radio for the Red Sox.
What’s your favorite comfort food?
Red wine counts as comfort food, doesn’t it?