Whatever else happens the next time we choose a president, there has got to be a better way to see candidates operate under pressure than the grotesque system that has metastasized during this electoral cycle. It makes candidates into mere props for bullying anchormen-narcissists. It does no one except the anchormen any good. I mentioned earlier the oddity of Jimmy Carter and GW Bush finding common cause about China policy. Maybe the RNC and the DNC can join hands in freeing political debate from the destructive grip of the networks. And if they can't do that, maybe we should just go all the way and have the candidates compete eating pails full of maggots on Fear Factor. That's the logical extension of where we're headed.Sorry if you read this before breakfast, but the man has a point.
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
18 April 2008
Thought for the day
James Fallows, surfacing briefly from dealing with some family concerns out in California, weighs in on the depressing banality and irrelevance of the most recent Democratic debate: