TREND-SPOTTING, BRIT-STYLE. Never mind that The Economist’s cover story this week was the lead story in TAP about two months ago. With a circulation that’s considerably, ahem, larger than ours, the British publication will score more global attention for its coverage of the U.S.'s “new” left-leaning trend, which seems to be all but widely accepted at this point, especially as a steep decline in popularity among young Americans translates to predictions of stormy weather for the GOP.
American political theater has met a slow demise since its glory days in the first half of the 20th century. People with an extra dollar to spend would rather be entertained, the mindless varieties of recreation being preferable to those that provoke thought or arouse discomfort.
BUSH: LESS POPULAR THAN STALIN. Whenever I see approval ratings for President Bush, I always think of a Harper's Index stat printed in January of 2006 that compared Bush's popularity among Americans to Stalin's popularity among Russians. Of course, that statistic was printed 18 months ago, when the two ratings were neck-in-neck at 37%.
HRC AND THE SINGLE GIRL.David Brooks' latest sociological diagnosis ought probably to be laid to rest on the pages of this blog, but I couldn't resist pointing out the providential correlation between Brooks' new lone rangers and Hillary Clinton's staunchest demographic of supporters among the female electorate.
MEN AND WOMEN ARE EQUAL, WHEREAS THEY ARE NOT. The creative use of English grammar on the official Web site of Iran's supreme leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei makes navigating such side-bar categories as Suggestions and Viewpoints tricky. Then again, a taste for unintelligibility may be beneficial for the Ayatollah when it comes to discussing women's rights in Iran.