Huffington and Matalin debate "War on Catholics" vs. "War on Women". The legal rights of non-catholic employees in publicly funded hospitals... or a 2000 year church doctrine. Then: guess who wins shootout between Clint and Karl over Chrysler ad?
A president can't be a prophet, of course, but he can tell more of the truth than his advisers and apologists think he can about our entrapment in the slippery web of contracts and lies that is closing in on us.
Hilary Rosen & Kellyanne Conway debate who gets credit for our credit downgrade -- a hell-no Tea Party or a big-spending president? Then, are Perry & Bachmann creating a religious test 60 years after Kennedy's Catholicism didn't?
Beyond all of the indulgence of VIP lists, select tables, black tie and gown, meet and greet stuff at this gathering is that there were real moments of serious policy and political discussion that were not trivial.
One would expect Ryan Lizza's epic New Yorker piece on Larry Summers to be somewhat glossy, but, yeah: you can basically tape this piece to the back of your child's Halloween costume for traffic safety.
All of us, including Barack Obama, should hope that the Obama campaign did not snub Ryan Lizza, not only because of what it would tell us about Obama, but because of what Lizza is capable of telling us.