"But over the past few decades, people have lost a sense of their own sinfulness. Children are raised amid a chorus of applause. Politics has become less about institutional restraint and more about giving voters whatever they want at that second. Joe DiMaggio didn’t ostentatiously admire his own home runs, but now athletes routinely celebrate themselves as part of the self-branding process." Some of the best thinking from the right; this by David Brooks.
This ever-affirming political world becomes an upside-down one: it's the liberal Obama who's being compared to Reagan's lucidity even while the conservative Palin is said to be suffering from chronic cognitive dissonance. "Consider that assertion for a moment: Ms. Palin says her words could not possibly have created a climate of violence, but claims her opponents' words are certain to."
At a debate in LA last night, Jose Huizar presented more info to an audience that included La Opinion on the spending side of the CLARTS fund. It wasn't interesting. Rudy Martinez outlined some past brushes with the law as a young dude, unsolicited. They weren't very interesting either.
There is some visible and unseemly bitterness in this Kevin Roderick item on Ron Kaye; there's also a certain snitch quotient, apparently offered in case the Times has missed anything on the Valley Agitpropper. But between Ron Kaye and K-Rod, it's Kaye who more readily follows a proper writerly formula for expressing opinions: you dish your best shots at politicians and try to give discreet but helpful tugs when you see other scribes gang aft agly. A bitter snitch too typically is guilty of precisely the opposite: he saves his hardest shots for other scribes, and he puts up milquetoast points on pols. That may make you interesting to other scribes or would-be scribes, but perchance not so much to general readers; it's Kaye who gets the Times gig, indeed.