12/03/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Sunday Roundup

This week, in the battle for the 2016 Olympics, the Brazilians waxed the star power of Oprah and the Obamas. Chicago was rejected on the first ballot, and conservatives couldn't contain their glee. I thought it was only the coasts that Republicans think are not part of the real America. Now it's the Midwest, too? I wonder how far their bizarre wish for America to fail would go: if the Windy City had gotten the Olympics, would Republicans have rooted against American athletes? Would chants of "USA! USA!" have been replaced by shouts of "Government-run sports is socialism!" and "Keep your hands off my high jump!"? One sure sign that a political party has completely lost its way is when it finds itself cheering that an American city will not be hosting the Olympics.