I can barely get through any semblance of "news" on tv these days without rolling my eyes. Is there *really* anything newsworthy about the lunatic fringe disrupting town hall meetings or defacing Facebook with claims about death panels for senior citizens and Down's Syndrome babies? This is less journalism than voyeurism and the exhibitionists are all off their meds! Do we really need to see this? Oh, for the days before the internet, when policy was made by staff lawyers on the Hill toiling long into the night, night after night, wrangling words and making deals to draft legislation that appeased some lobbyists without pissing off others too much. Aside from C-Span viewers, earnest interns, unions and other lobbyists, most of us were oblivious until the bill had made its way through markups to law, and finally regulations that actually affected us. NOW? Everybody has a forum. Mis and Disinformation are virally spewed throughout the process. The media, with a few surprising exceptions, seems committed to scandalmongering rather than uncovering the truth. Just when I thought the claims couldn't be any more preposterous, Glenn Beck (where'd this guy come from, by the way?) clutched another straw out of his ass: somehow Obama's health reform initiative is a guise for(drum roll) reparations for slavery. Yes, he actually said that -- on a network called Fox News Channel that might be more appropriately called Faux News Channel. Stay tuned for the Breaking News crawl that the Health Reform plan specifies Soylent Green for the school lunch program.
Fortunately, though, I did happen upon some tv worth watching. In fact, I not only watched, I spontaneously erupted in applause.
I love this about Hillary! Every now and then that professional politician veneer she's polished with sheer determination cracks and a real undiplomatic and unapologetically human Hillary shines through. Check out that gangster lean at the end. Attribute it to jet lag, exhaustion, bad translation or having had it UP TO HERE with Bill and Barack, whatever. It's just Hillary being Hillary: kick-ass. She'll clean it up on the talk shows next Sunday.