The always-provocative Christopher Hitchens has a Vanity Fair article I can stand behind:
In the recent past, government-sponsored policies of social engineering have led to surprising success in reducing the welfare rolls and the crime figures. This came partly from the adoption by many Democrats of policies that had once been called Republican. But not a word about that from Beck and his followers, because it isnâ€™t exciting and doesnâ€™t present any opportunity for rabble-rousing. Far sexier to say that health careâ€”actually another product of bipartisanshipâ€”is a step toward Nineteen Eighty-Four. Ten percent unemployment, on the other hand, is rather a disgrace to a midterm Democratic administration. But does anybody believe that unemployment would have gone down if the hated bailout had not occurred and GM had been permitted to go bankrupt? Why not avoid the question altogether and mutter about a secret plan to proclaim a socialist (or Nazi, or Jew-controlled: take your pick) dictatorship?
What it’s really about:
I donâ€™t remember ever seeing grown-ups behave less seriously, at least in an election season.