POLITICAL REALITY SHOWS. Glenn Beck being hired by ABC's Good Morning America and now the rumors that Michael Smerconish is being considered for a talk show of his very own on CNN made me think about how close these political talk shows have grown to reality television. The more outrageous the better, especially if the host is from the radical right wing of the political spectrum. It's as if we decided to create an opinion show on peas, with some people liking them and others not caring for them very much, and the obvious choice for a host would be someone who routinely sticks peas in his nostrils.

--J. Goodrich