The brief moment in late 2008 when 'hope' was more than just a slogan is long gone. In its place we have an increasingly radicalized public and the imposition of rules and regulations that would do the 18th century proud.
If religious zealots blur the line between what happens in the pulpit and what happens in Congress, it's that much easier for Congress to tax and regulate what happens in the pulpit. Be careful what you wish for, Beck and Palin.
Instead of prayer, the president could have asked us all in his address to make sacrifices towards the goal of weaning ourselves off of fossil fuels. It wouldn't have hurt. But it would have been mostly ignored.
The dirty secret of talk radio is that doing well electronically is different than electorally. Limbaugh and Beck surely succeed by the metrics of the media, but three percent of the vote is not so hot.
Orson Wells was censured for scaring millions people. But talk jocks tell tales of scare everyday as a matter of journalistic prerogative, and the FCC has little influence on the content of broadcasts.
Please, my Republican friends, if you can, take a quiet moment away from your AM radio and cable news network this morning and be happy for your country. We're doing better. And we're doing it for you, too.
Air America's end reveals a great opportunity that the left needs to find a way to fill and fill fast. The right is surpassing the left in both its simple use of existing tools as well as innovation of new tools.