Todd Seavey is a contributor to Proud to be Right, Jonah Goldberg's new collection of conservative essays. Seavey's ex-girlfriend, Helen Rittelmeyer, is also a contributor. Recently, they both appeared on C-SPAN2's Book TV to discuss. That's when things got weird.
You see, it appears that Seavey wasn't over his breakup with Rittelmeyer—and he subsequently used their appearance on the Book TV panel to both chastise his ex and reveal some less-than-positive things about her character.
Here's the video (a partial transcript, for those who can't watch, will follow):
Here's a transcript of the most heated part of the exchange:
Seavey: I think you'll find a lot of Helen's positions are guided by the desire to increase suffering.
Rittelmeyer: I'm Catholic.
Seavey: That might explain it. Although, you start connecting the dots and you realize that, though she sounds like an old-timey, old-fashioned Catholic moralist, she's almost always defending something that most of us you find horrific, whether it's corrupt politicians over reformers, bar brawlers. She'll defend Catholic moralists one moment, but defend prostitutes and bad girls the next.
She says she's sort of like a libertarian, but the first thing she wants to repeal, she once said, was the law against assault, so that men get into more fistfights or at least live under the threat of constant fistfights…
I probably should confess that Helen and I dated for two years, so we've sparred about many things. It might come as a surprise to some of you that we dated for two years, not just because we have ideological differences, but because there are probably some people in this room who also dated Helen during those two years, given how tumultuous it got. It was sort of on again, off again.
Rittelmeyer: I'm in favor of combativeness.
Seavey: And, at at times her gamesmanship would include even coldly saying that she was gonna play matchmaker and set up a couple and then seduce the man away to play with his mind and hurt the woman, which when you think about it is pretty creepy. Kinda disturbing.
Rittelmeyer: Is all this going on C-SPAN?
Seavey: I believe five months later, she made good on this somewhat disturbing promise.
So, whose side are you on? Even if the charges Seavey leveled against Rittelmeyer were true, was this the appropriate outlet to make them, or is he just being a big baby?