I hate stories like this. I hate how they're covered. I hate defending, and then apologizing for, and then criticizing, people I really admire. I hate thinking about the stories we're not covering sufficiently because we're forced to have an adult conversation about Twitter. I hate too-clever-by-half headlines in the NY Post ("Weiner's Weiner" is not funny; it's easy. If you think it's funny you'd probably make a teriffic morning dj).
But we have to cover it, I guess. For his part, Congressman Weiner didn't really help. His handling of this in the press has been horrific. That's a bit surprising, since--up until now--Weiner has been so adept at handling the media. The coverup--please pardon the cliché--is always worse than the crime.
This is a shame and I hope he sticks around because he's such a good congressman when those are in scarce supply. I mean, I think he'll be able to weather this (Come on, David Vitter actually fucked prostitutes a lot and he gets to keep his job.).
I've already said too much about this.
Oh, Christ...Sarah Palin...and I've already said too much about this. Besides, Ben Kirby over at the Spencerian already said it better. And the blatant revisionism is distressing. I'm so tired of the glorified anti-intellectualism, the LarryTheCableGuyization of America. As Kirby wrote:
Two things bother me about this. First, it's a blatant pander to the constituency subscribed to the Dumbing Down of America. History as it actually happened, of course, is for snotty liberals and elites. Facts are for suckers. Palin has managed to hook people who feel a kinship to her mis-steps and blunders. I never went to any Ivy League school. I don't care what Paul Revere really did. She's like me!
Yep. It looks like the 2006 Dax Shepard vehicle Idiocracy was less a warning and more of a documentary. It's happening; keep the sheep's remote controls in hand and their bellies Miller Lite-filled and you don't have to worry about them. Keep them distracted with tabloid stories and nonsense, and they won't realize that corporations now have all the the rights they have, except the corporations actually bother to exercise them. They won't even notice that the police can bust through the door when they used to need a warrant. And they won't even care that 5 American solders were killed in Iraq today--the deadliest attack in two years.