First there was RaTHergate. Then there was the Eason Jordan Kerfuffle. Now, we have John Fund-quiddick.

My guess is that Fund made an honest mistake here, as there was a row of Internet-connected laptops available in the hallway outside the room that housed Bloggers Corner. Indeed, that’s Doverspa’s take on it. Still, I demand to see the tape.

Meanwhile, Robert Cox is setting up a John Fund Blackberry fund.

Update (2-20): It’s apparently a disease with Fund.

Update 2: Julian Sanchez offers another plausible explantion: Fund is just plain strange

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  1. He Writes Better than He Behaves
    John Fund may be a great columnist and pundit, but he’s a real cad. After knowing this I don’t feel…

  2. After reading what went down, I agree with the theory that Fund must have thought these were public access machines. No harm, no foul, as this just seems to be a simple human mistake.

    BTW, Doverspa handled it with class.

  3. McGehee says:

    If I’d been Adam I might’ve at least said something like, “Dude, you do know that’s my computer, right?” Gently, in a low voice.

    I don’t know enough about Fund to know how he would have reacted, but odds are it would have been fun to see.

  4. Zendo Deb says:

    I’m sorry, but I don’t think I would

    A. Leave my laptop unattended
    B. Leave my laptop unattended without a screen saver password/logon password
    C. Leave my laptop unattended

    I wouldn’t be worried about what I could learn about you if you borrowed my password, I would be worried babout what you might learn about me when I turn my back.

    Not that I don’t trust you, but I don’t.

  5. The Baron says:

    John Fund has Long History of ‘Borrowing’ Computers
    A “blog swarm” has revealed John Fund recently “borrowed” Adam Doverspa’s (of computer.

    But this is not the first time John Fund has engaged in such aggregious conduct. On at least one other occasion, Fund “borrowed” another’s…

  6. McGehee says:

    I’m sorry, but I don’t think I would … Leave my laptop unattended without a screen saver password/logon password

    Yes, there is that. Excellent point.

  7. GOP Bloggers says:

    CPAC 2005: FundGate Update
    Kevin McCullough, on layover in Denver on his way to Oregon, reports that John Fund has responded to the “FundGate” (or “Fund-quiddick” story), and “has apologized and explained himself.” Kevin will have more later. Previous reports on FundGate, …

  8. thebandwagon says:

    Even more frustrated
    So now John Fund using the laptop of a few CPAC bloggers is called Fund-gate?
    And this is the big story in the blogosphere.