Not since Barney and Mr. Roger's Neighborhood have I been so profoundly affected by children's entertainment. I'm not normally the type of person who writes to celebrities, so I hope you appreciate how intense my feelings are. I will never be the same again.
I hate you.
Early media guru Marshall McLuhan famously declared TV a "cool" medium for its essentially dispassionate, detached, diluted means of engaging people. But both Fulton Sheen and Fred Rogers proved that it is not the essence of the medium that controls the effect.
McCain's speech was pure, unadulterated fantasy. The political equivalent of the trippy tour the Beatles gave us in Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds -- only instead of rocking horse people eating marshmallow pies, we get "a functioning democracy" in Iraq.