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Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report: ‘I’m a heat-seeking missile’

Matt Drudge. (Lucian Perkins /The Washington Post)

Though he rarely gives interviews, conservative gadfly Matt Drudge, editor of the Drudge Report, showed up at WTOP last week to offer thoughts on immigration and compare himself to military hardware. Some highlights:

He’s from here. “I grew up just up the road here up 16th when it turns into Silver Spring, ” he said. “The D.C. I’m seeing now is so vibrant. This is the center — this is the heartbeat of the nation, for good or bad. You could discuss whether Washington should really be the center of America. Other administrations have argued no — this one kind of argues yes.”

Immigration. “I’m more obsessed with what’s going on with the border these days,” Drudge said, referring to protests in Virginia about transfers of undocumented children to the commonwealth. “These are very hot, spicy issues. … I’m sensing some heat, and not just from the temperature outside.”

Gridlock can be good. “Thank goodness for some gridlock — can you imagine what would be happening if there was no gridlock?” he said. “The argument here is ‘keep changing it, keep changing it.’ Well, maybe the elections tell us they don’t want change. They like the gridlock.”

It’s okay that liberals and conservatives don’t read the same news. “The country is divided,” Drudge said. “Capitol Hill is divided. How can you say the airwaves or the Web sites should not be divided?”

Holy metaphors! “I go where the heat is,” Drudge said, denying that his political views limit his beat. “I’m a heat-seeking missile. I will go where the action is … I make waves. I don’t surf them.”

The news has a future. “This is a vibrant era,” Drudge said. “It’s a little psychotic right now — the news business … This is not old. This is not boring.”