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Bill Altreuter

In a meaningful sense this is a failure in the way that politics is discussed in the media. The focus is on who's winning or losing-- the so-called horse race aspect-- and seldom on the details of actual governance. On a deeper level this is a problem with democracy as a system of governance: as Mencken said "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard." We think that if we want something enough we'll get it. We will win in Iraq if our will is strong enough; we will balance the budget without cutting government services if we believe we can-- all of that. What we seem to be looking for in the people we pick to run our government are people who are really good at wishing hard for things. Or praying for them, which amounts to the same thing.

I'll say this for kings-- they don't leave their subjects with that particular illusion.

calling all toasters

Benjamin Moore is the shit. It also has double the charisma of Harry Reid.

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