Thus, I found myself spared another date in the court of public opinion. However, with the advent of Twitter, which I discovered merely five years after its founding, suddenly Roger was no longer my only sounding board.

Within days of signing on, I found myself at the center of repeated public controversies. For instance, when I referred to a regional politician as a “ching chong,” standard practice among my fellow Democrats, I found myself accused of anti-Asian bigotry, to which I replied, “You didn’t lose the love of your life on that beach in Guadalcanal so many decades ago.”

Then came the massive foofaraw when I called Kellyanne Conway “a reanimated mummy ho” upon seeing her interviewed by Bill Maher. In my day, it was considered a compliment to even acknowledge a woman’s existence in the field of intellectual battle.