The Antidote to Democrat Political StupidityYou have to read this interview with Camille Paglia at Salon. If all Democrats were this clear thinking, if the tenor of political discourse took pace at this level, the whole country would be in a much better place.
Reading the column is like taking the antidote to all the stupidity and shibboleths of the nutroots and leftist blogs and mainstream media crap. Refreshingly, she leaves you yearning for more.
It's just good, start to finish. I certainly don't agree with everything that she says - our starting points are on opposite sides of the fence - but because she is willing to criticize her own side so honestly, with such judiciousness, I feel far more willing to engage in a dialogue with her. Honest critique begets honest critique.
Here's just one example:
This overblown fear of Fox News is such a sentimentality on the part of too many Democrats. Talk radio is infinitely more powerful than Fox. Radio hosts are blanketing the country with round-the-clock conservative ideology -- not because they're dastardly conspirators manipulating the media but because they've achieved their success, market by market, in creating programs that millions of people want to listen to. The recent filing for bankruptcy by Air America dramatizes my party's abject failure to produce shows that are informative and entertaining and that systematically build an audience -- the way all the top radio hosts did who climbed the ladder from obscurity to their present prominence. Aren't we the party of Hollywood? The fact that we've failed so miserably at this central medium of communication shows how something has gone very wrong in Democratic sensibility.Don't you wish all the Dems talked this way? If politics in America were always discussed this honestly and with this much clarity, the country would be in a better place.