March 03, 2008

Women Men Americans Are Dumb

This is stupefyingly easy, so I plead for forgiveness.

Strike One:
"...the media should, in its role as guardian of some minimal level of competency within the political process..." -- Ezra Klein
Is that one of the roles of "the media"? Really? I mean, honest to God?

Isn't Klein supposed to be a member of the "reality-based community"? Well, I suppose he never said it was this reality.

So, you know, he's covered there.
Strike Two:
An op-ed page can only exist so long as the reader can trust the paper's judgment in assignments. That's what this piece calls into question.

Charlotte Allen wrote an offensively stupid article, indisputably proving that one particular woman is offensively stupid. But as my headline indicates, she's a paltry amateur who chose a pathetically small target. And if one of her concerns was people mindlessly swooning and overemoting about Obama in ways that are excruciatingly embarrassing to all sentient beings, what about...Strike Three:
Obama's finest speeches do not excite. They do not inform. They don't even really inspire. They elevate. They enmesh you in a grander moment, as if history has stopped flowing passively by, and, just for an instant, contracted around you, made you aware of its presence, and your role in it. He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh, over color, over despair. The other great leaders I've heard guide us towards a better politics, but Obama is, at his best, able to call us back to our highest selves, to the place where America exists as a glittering ideal, and where we, its honored inhabitants, seem capable of achieving it, and thus of sharing in its meaning and transcendence.
Way to advance that "role as guardian of some minimal level of competency within the political process"! Awesome!

That last excerpt comes from a post titled, "Obama's Gift." With regard to such excrescences, Obama surely does appear to be the gift that keeps on giving. To which I can only say: God damn. (I'll soon have considerably more to say -- some of it actually substantive! -- about the very serious and genuine dangers arising from this kind of reaction to Obama.)

Klein and Allen may now join many others who have been retired to the minors, more particularly to the team that calls home my favorite town of all, Flat Ass, Alabama.

An Empire of Clowns, indeed. Very unfortunately, when I'm right, I'm right.