Information overload in times like these can render synapses a bit slow on the uptake. Fortunately, today the brain remains at least capable of acknowledging receipt of information, and digitizing a DITTO, herewith.
First, Andrew Sullivan was practically hyperventilating in consternation on Real Time with Bill Maher Friday night. (Andrew, get your blood pressure checked. Seriously. Now.) Andrew stated that John McCain, a person he "used to know", was the biggest celebrity hound (or star f****er, as Bill Maher offered) in Washington, DC; referring to the...hypocrisy of John McCain to characterize Obama (given his single mother and food stamps roots) as elitist.
Among the words he used to describe the Palin nomination were "absurd" and "farce", calling her a "serial confabulist" (sweet!); noting that her checkered past (6 colleges in 5 years) would render her unqualified for an internship, let alone President of the United States! Check out the Overtime segment, where the guests respond to emailed questions.
Sam Harris opines in Newsweek, When Atheists Attack :
What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance...
I believe that with the nomination of Sarah Palin for the vice presidency, the silliness of our politics has finally put our nation at risk.
Juan Cole starts his scathing must-read, A Nation of Masochists with a quote that implies the American citizenry is complicit in its torment. Furthermore--
The diagnosis of national masochism is the only thing that can satisfactorily explain the poll numbers in the presidential race.
...It is not just that the rap sheet against the Class of 2000, 2002, and 2004 among the Republican politicians is longer than a trans-Atlantic cable, it is that so much of the corruption took the form of a conspiracy.
All parties have people in them looking to get rich on the side. But the K Street Project and various other such scams weren't just about individual aggrandizement. They were about fixing the whole American system permanently to kow-tow to the super-rich without so much as a whimper, and to positively punish the middle classes.
...And in the wake of the greatest and most sustained act of systematic plunder since the Mongol hordes appropriated to themselves the riches of everyplace in Asia from Beijing to Isfahan, the reaction of the supine and slave-like American voting public is to scratch their heads and have a hard time deciding if they would like more of the same.
...But, well, if you are determined to bend over on November 4, at least I hope you enjoy pain. In that case, you are going to be ecstatic.
Yeah. What HE said!