You remember Arthur Kade. In 2009, the man known as Arthur Kadyshes quit the financial sector and changed his name to embark on “The Journey”, his pursuit of Hollywood stardom on the level of “Bruce Willis or Mel Gibson or Christian Bale.” In the process, he alienated most of the women in Philadelphia (and elsewhere) thanks to his Kade Scale, which he used on his blog to rate the ladies he met at places like Denim and G Lounge.
Well, the acting thing didn’t work out so well, so he decided to shift gears to become “the Larry King of the Internet.” And Arthur Kade also found God. So what the heck was he doing this week on CBS’ Sunday Morning? Earlier this year, as part of the newest leg of The Journey, Kade interviewed Paula Broadwell, the woman now at the center of the David Petraeus scandal. Broadwell was on a publicity tour for the book that she wrote about Petraeus.
During the course of the interview, which Sunday Morning used during its broadcast, Kade likens Broadwell to G.I. Jane, calls Petraeus a “freaking rock star”, and uses the word “awesome” a few times too many. He also acknowledges that the military “really has become a multi-gender armed forces” and says “I’m having a brain fart right now” when he can’t come up with the term “counterinsurgency.”
For her part, Broadwell says, “It’s not a hagiography… I’m not in love with David Petraeus” in an effort to defend her gushing portrait of the now-disgraced General. She also manages to keep a mostly straight face throughout the course of the rather uncomfortable interview, which includes a high five as well as Broadwell’s obligatory participation in Kade’s signature “Kade Out” sign-off.
I called Kade to find out how Petraeus’ downfall might boost Kade’s own career. “I’m just following God’s path,” he explains. “Whatever he has meant for me, he has meant for me.” Kade adds that he didn’t see the CBS segment when it aired, because he was in church. And yes, I did ask Kade how Broadwell would fare on the infamous Kade Scale. “I do not even think about or talk about that stuff anymore,” he says. “She was very highly intelligent and very nice.”