Let's recall: the rickety bandwagon that provides the peg for Politico's whole "Age Of Rage" item is Andrew Breitbart's calculatedly deceptive smear of Shirley Sherrod, which resulted in a massive rush-to-judgment orgasm from the media that sprinted ahead of common sense. John Harris and Jim VandeHei have essentially cast themselves in the role of Tiresias, and they are warning us today that if you do not want to see the coming Rage Age, tear out your eyes now! It's getting really weird to hear an organization that's cast itself as a "new-media" leader constantly admit that it doesn't understand the first thing about it.
Lots of people despise the term "teachable moment" and I can understand why. A lot of the time, the phrase is invoked as a way of saying, "Hey, isn't the good news that all of you now have this awesome opportunity to learn from the monumental mistake I've just made?" Nevertheless, the Shirley-Sherrod-fiasco-as-teachable-moment idea came up at yesterday's White House press briefing with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, so let's get into it.