Tomasky gets at something here that I've been thinking about for a while: the Ayres stuff--and the pathological obsession with it on the right--is really not that effective with the public in general. It is effective with right-leaning pundits. Right-leaning pundits so see themselves as tribunes of the people that they just assume that they speak for the people. But, in actuality, they do not, and I think we're beginning to see the possibility of a new American consensus with the right on the outside looking in. I get the sense that they realize this, and that it's driving them crazy.
In any event, the fact that prominent members of the right seem to legitimately believe that Barack Obama is a communist shows you just how much that movement has descended into paranoid delusion.
The Man, The Myth, The Bio
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- Problem: I have lots of opinions on politics and culture that I need to vent. If I do not do this I will wind up muttering to myself, and that's only like one or two steps away from being a hobo. Solution: I write two blogs. A political blog that has some evident sympathies (pro-Obama, mostly liberal though I dissent on some issues, like guns and trade) and a culture blog that does, well, cultural essays in a more long-form manner. My particular thing is taking overrated things (movies, mostly, but other things too) down a peg and putting underrated things up a peg. I'm sort of the court of last resort, and I tend to focus on more obscure cultural phenomena.