Critics are cultural historians of a sort, trying to tie the present to the past. Audiences, however, apparently don't give a rip. Or, at least, the audience that seem to matter most now, people in their 30s or younger.
I understand Barack Obama's stance on FISA. But when I look at his defense of the position, I imagine the men behind him, including an adviser wearing a rubber glove who has been probing the electorate.