His status was solidified after the 2004 election at a steakhouse dinner in Miami with Mr. Drudge, who for all his renown in politics is a somewhat spectral presence who rarely agrees to meet with political operatives or journalists and who did not respond to requests for an interview for this article.
“Spectral presence”! Somehow that just bowled me over.
And, somewhat more seriously, wow:
The Democrats have come to believe, Mr. Dyke said, what Republicans have always thought: