Tim Blair has been having great fun with Labor barnacle Bob Ellis in the past few weeks, on whether or not he deserves to be voted for in the ABC's 'Favourite Australian' poll, and a recent column published at ABC Online where Ellis gruesomely mused on how the world might be a different, and better, place if Hillary Clinton had spent more time orally pleasuring her husband in the mid-1990s.
Ellis responded to a Blair column bagging him in the Daily Telegraph with a letter, that Blair has now published as an opion piece :
Tim Blair said the Iraq War would bring oil prices down, and he still has his job.
He said there would be no humanitarian catastrophe in Iraq and now, with three million Iraqis living elsewhere, and a million of them, probably, dead, he still has his job.
He called George W. Bush a modern-day Winston Churchill, and he still has his job.
I think it's great he still has his job. He shows how wrong the Right are about most things, and how they never learn, and never admit a mistake.
Ellis' easy ire was sparked by this Blair colum and Ellis has now laid down a challenge to Blair that will be humiliating for him to refuse, even though it's clear that Ellis is hoping for a little attention, and money :
Tim Blair's response?
If he wants me sacked, impoverished and silenced, he should say why in detail.
Perhaps on a public podium, before a paying audience - one he shares with me.
Any time, anywhere.
UPDATE : It turns out Bob and Tim have been challenging each other to public debates for almost six years. Blair in 2002 :
...(Ellis) interrupted me with this challenge: we must have a public debate! I'm up for it, Bob. Name your time and place, and my appearance fee.They're both hoping for attention and money. Six years, and they're still only making goo-goo eyes at each other.