A&E suspended (note: not fired) Phil Robertson for his controversial comments. Bravo. They have as much of a constitutionally protected right to do so as he had to make them in the first place, despite the inaccurate shrills of the religious right and the cable network that enables them.
Political junkies among us can allow ourselves a brief moment to gloat at the court jesters whose contempt for our collective intelligence as the presidential campaign came to an end last night and who broke new ground in the realm of Chutzpah even as the votes were being counted.
To all those Republicans lamenting the Bachmann imagery, I have to say: "Wait a minute. You started this." When Sarah Palin strode on the convention nominating stage with her tight skirt and traditional values, the fellas on the right said "We're on to something here."
This story moved so fast that it passed the reality. So did the analysis and the thousands of tweets by those who were certain about the larger context of what the events on the ground meant long before they had even a handful of details.
Sarah, you can't have it both ways. It's either "individual responsibility" meaning that we only punish those who commit the crimes, or collective guilt, so you can punish Americans for the wrongs to which they have no connection.
We can do more than rage about what others did and continue to do to contribute to incivility of our political culture. Every one of us could speak a bit more gently, with a bit more appreciation of those with whom we come into contact.
Being heard is not a problem -- being taken seriously, that's becoming a lost cause. We should be grateful that she pronounces most of her complaints on Twitter, since 140 characters seems to be the limit of her depth.
Hillary Clinton, who put 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling, was "a prism through which the country's attitudes about sex, power, and the place of women in society were going to be projected."