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The roots of the Todd Seavey C-SPAN rant: Did lovelorn libertarian plot panel-discussion revenge against ex? And where'd his blog go?


Libertarian blogger Todd Seavey beefing with his ex, live on C-SPAN. (C-SPAN)

Todd Seavey blindsided everyone, especially ex-girlfriend Helen Rittelmeyer, when he ripped into her during a panel discussion on C-SPAN2. But no surprise, really: The blogger has been living out loud -- the good, the bad, the breakups -- for years.

The 40-something libertarian posted a super-exacting personal ad on his blog in 2007 ("Is your IQ, if it has been tested, significantly above average?") A year later, he announced to readers that Rittelmeyer was his new girlfriend: "Obscenely young, wise-beyond-her-years, conservative, blogging, Catholic, New Wave-loving, monster-movie-viewing, Southern-extracted, Yale-educated, technically-libertarian person." They bickered, broke up and reconciled -- all chronicled on his blog. (The postings have disappeared from his site, but live forever via Google cache.) The two finally called it quits about a month ago.

National Review Online editor Jonah Goldberg invited Seavey and Rittelmeyer to speak on the panel because they both contributed essays to "Proud to Be Right," his new book on young conservatives. Goldberg knew the couple had recently split, but believed they were still friendly -- until Seavey unleashed on his ex about 40 minutes into the taping. "I think Todd went in with a game plan to do this," Goldberg told us Tuesday. "He ambushed Helen, he ambushed me. I thought it was shockingly self-serving." After an awkward silence, Goldberg steered the panel back to professional sparring for another hour. But the five-minute clip of Seavey's wonky but blistering love dénouement has became a viral classic. "There are 10,000 panels like this a year in Washington, D.C. -- 9,999 aren't memorable." said Goldberg. "I wish this was one of those."

Seavey appeared to be reveling in the attention: "Some think me a bully, but in fact I have shown incredible restraint... [a] public intervention in perhaps the only way open to me that is likely to alter Helen's behavior," he posted early Tuesday. But just a few hours later, he shut off the blog from public viewing -- and has not responded to our calls and e-mails.

See earlier: Lovelorn libertarian lashes out at wonk ex-girlfriend at panel discussion while C-SPAN cameras roll (VIDEO)

By The Reliable Source  | October 19, 2010; 6:30 PM ET
 
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To those who claim that this was The Most Embarrassing or Humiliating C-Span Experience Like (sic) Ever, tell them that this title was forever retired on Oct. 9, 2009. That’s when C-Span’s respected Brian Lamb “interviewed” (in quotes due to the forthcoming respondent’s performance) something calledS.E. Cupp.
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/289387-1
The Daily Howler aptly titled the event this way: “When S. E. Cupp sat down with the Lamb, The Dumb was all around”.
http://www.dailyhowler.com/dh042910.shtml
So don’t worry about that foolishness. No one was or ever will be more self-humiliating on C-Span than S.E. Cupp on Oct. 9, 2009.

Posted by: MarkinJC | October 19, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

In the wake of your appearance with Ms. Rittelmeyer and Lucianne Goldberg’s Boy on C-Span, a buddy of mine has been making book on your respective futures.

Understand only that these are mathematical prognostications and not declarations of fact. The idea is to create interest and humor – not predict the future and most certainly not define the actions (believed or otherwise) of the involved parties. Capitalism, it's all free-market capitalism and satire.

Some of the wagering options include:

Odds Seavey and Rittelmeyer reattach if Conservatives retake the House on Nov. 2: 17:1.

Odds Seavey and Rittelmeyer reattach if Conservatives retake the House and the Senate on Nov. 2: 14:1.

Odds Seavey and Rittelmeyer reattach if Democrats retain the House and the Senate on Nov. 2: 10:1.

Odds Seavey and Rittelmeyer reattach by Christmas Eve 2010: 22:1.

Odds Seavey and Rittelemeyer reattach if the Bush tax cuts are extended for two years: 18:1.

Odds Seavey and Rittelmeyer reattach if the Bush tax cuts are made permanent: 9:1.

Odds Seavey and Rittelemeyer reattach if the Bush tax cuts expire BUT the Paris Hilton Tax is abolished: 3:1.

Odds Rittelmeyer and Seavey reattach and then breakup again: 5:1.

Odds Rittelmeyer and Seavey reattach and local police are called to their place of residence on a domestic matter weeks/months/years down the line: 1:1.

Odds Rittelmeyer and Seavey reattach and local police are called to their place of residence on a domestic matter – and it’s reported in the papers: 40:1.

Odds Rittelmeyer and Seavey never speak to each other again: 1:200.
(Minimum bet: $17,000. Only way to get any action.)

Posted by: MarkinJC | October 19, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Odds Seavey and Rittelemeyer reattach by April 15, 2011 and agree to co-author a book: 7:2.

Odds Seavey and Rittelemeyer fail to reattach BUT agree to co-author a book: 8:5.

Odds Seavey and Rittelemeyer fail to reattach, agree to co-author a book, and THEN reattach: 35:1.

Odds Regnery publishes the Seavey-Rittelmeyer tome: 1:5.

Odds Roger Ailes approaches Seavey and Rittelemeyer about co-host a show for Conservative college kids: 1:50.

Odds Roger Ailes approves production, including signed contracts, of such a show co-hosted by Seavey and Rittelmeyer for Conservative college kids: 12:1.

Odds a show co-hosted by Seavey and Rittelmeyer for Conservative college kids ever appears on Fox: 71:1.

Odds a show for Conservative college kids designed for Seavey and Rittelmeyer but co-hosted by either a former SEC football
cheerleader in a 36C bikini or Carrie Prejean or Bristol Palin or Jenna Bush AND former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow or Peter Doocy or Luke Russert appears on Fox: 9:2.

Posted by: MarkinJC | October 19, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Odds Seavey and Rittelmeyer start their own 501(c)something blog: 3:5.

Odds Lucianne Goldberg’s Boy makes prepubescent jokes about the C-Span event in his columns and during speeches at Christian colleges until the year 2044: 1:300. (Minimum bet: $35,000)

Odds National Review publishes a Rittelmeyer piece with a woman scorned angle on the C-Span event: 2:5.

Odds Kathryn-Jean Lopez uses the C-Span event to lament the loss of virtue in a Roman Catholic America: 1:60. (Minimum bet: $8,000)

Odds Mary K. Ham mentions the C-Span event without provocation on Howie Kurtz’s next CNN show: 4:5.

Odds Howie Kurtz asks Mary K. Ham to comment on the C-Span event: 1:2.

Odds Howie Kurtz makes the C-Span event the third topic of his next CNN show: 1:10.

Odds Howie Kurtz makes the C-Span event the second topic of his next CNN show: 17:1.

Odds Howie Kurtz makes the C-Span event the first topic of his next CNN show: 49:1.

Posted by: MarkinJC | October 19, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Odds Rittelmeyer marries a Liberal: 29:1.

Odds Rittelmeyer marries a Democrat: 82:1

Odds Rittelmeyer marries a Republican: 3:1.

Odds Rittelmeyer marries a Conservative: 1:2.

Odds Rittelmeyer marries a Tea Party member: 26:1.

Odds Rittelmeyer marries a D.C. political handler: 33:1.

Odds Rittelmeyer marries a hedge fund manager: 4:1.

Odds Rittelmeyer marries a Yale graduate: 1:5,000.
(Minimum bet: $200,000)

Odds Rittelmeyer marries a Harvard graduate: 550:1.

Odds Rittelmeyer marries an Ivy League grad: 1:500.
(Minimum bet: $35,000)

Odds Rittelemeyer marries someone who did not graduate from an Ivy League school: 10,000:1.

Odds Rittelmeyer marries for money: 1:150.
(Minimum bet: $4,000)

Odds Rittelmeyer marries for partner’s looks: 82:1.

Odds Seavey marries a Liberal: 24:1.

Odds Seavey marries a Democrat: 14:1

Odds Seavey marries a Republican: 8:1.

Odds Seavey marries a Conservative: 4:5.

Odds Seavey marries a Tea Party member: 73:1.

Odds Seavey marries a D.C. political handler: 9:1.

Odds Seavey marries a hedge fund manager: 350:1.

Odds Seavey marries a Yale graduate: 19:1.

Odds Seavey marries a Harvard graduate: 23:1.

Odds Seavey marries an Ivy League grad: 1:5.

Odds Seavey marries someone who did not graduate from an Ivy League school: 36:1.

Odds Seavey marries for money: 8:5.

Odds Seavey marries for partner’s looks: 5:1.

Posted by: MarkinJC | October 19, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Odds Rittelmeyer, dressed as a dominatrix, is found before 2020 in a D.C. hotel with Dick Morris: 18:1.

Odds Rittelmeyer, dressed as a dominatrix, is found before 2020 in a D.C. hotel with a member of The Family: 89:1.

Odds Rittelmeyer, dressed as a dominatrix, is found before 2020 in a D.C. hotel with a Tea Party politician: 60:1.

Odds Rittelmeyer, dressed as a dominatrix, is found before 2020 in a D.C. hotel with a National Review higher-up: 57:1.

Odds Seavey, dressed as a submissive, is found before 2020 in a D.C. hotel with a Fox News female on-air personality: 34:1.

Odds Seavey, dressed as a submissive, is found before 2020 in a D.C. hotel with a member of The Family: 175:1.

Odds Seavey, dressed as a submissive, is found before 2020 in a D.C. hotel with a Tea Party politician: 86:1.

Odds Seavey, dressed as a submissive, is found before 2020 in a D.C. hotel with a Gawker higher-up: 28:1.

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Posted by: ppshopping01 | October 20, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Seavy is pathetic.

To rant on his ex-girlfriend in front of a live audience on CSPAN is really hitting below the belt.

After all, if the girl is that bad, why did he date her for two years?

One thing is clear. Nobody should be confiding in him, as he has no sense of propriety whatsoever.

I'm sure his lack of values will be reflected in diminishing CSPAN opportunities.

And dates.

Posted by: Benson | October 20, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Yikes - that is one amazingly FUGLY group of people on that panel.

Posted by: Manhattan1 | October 20, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Seavy is not no much pathetic as he is disturbed and scary. This quote: "Some think me a bully, but in fact I have shown incredible restraint... [a] public intervention in perhaps the only way open to me that is likely to alter Helen's behavior," he posted early Tuesday. Why is it his job to alter Helen's behavior, pre or post breakup?? His outburst is that of a control freak. Whose got the odds on how soon he gets arrested for stalking her??

Posted by: FallsChurch4 | October 20, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Nice set on that Rittelmeyer broad.

Posted by: password11 | October 20, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Ederlore | October 21, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Ederlore,

Thanks for the compliment.

Hey, in these times of economic strife and natural mistrust, we've got to laugh about something.

Posted by: MarkinJC | October 21, 2010 12:52 AM | Report abuse

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