fThe voices of genuine experts are substantially drowned out by pseudo experts. If we treated flying the way we treat weight control, everyone who had ever been on a plane would speak with the same authority as an experienced pilot or the engineer who built the thing.
Gail Collins says her fascination with Texas began when she heard Gov. Rick Perry deliver an Alamo-like speech at a 2009 Tea Party rally. "We didn't like oppression then; we don't like oppression now," he roared. The problem was, "this was a rally about the stimulus package."
While the national media covered the Wisconsin recall election, very few outlets reported on the vast difference between funds raised. More often than not, money trumps everything in electoral outcomes and Wisconsin elections are no different.
Spitzer and Matalin debate the serious and silly: Was Obama's "get-off-my-plane" presser against Iran 'bluster' effective? Does comedy of Maher/Stewart = Limbaugh's smears? And: is GOP race down to 'man-on-dog' vs. dog-on-car?
Democrats, no doubt, are enjoying the spectacle of Donald Trump and Sarah Palin. But even if it enhances Barack Obama's prospects for reelection, we should all worry about the celebrification and trivialization of politics.