Quote of the Day: The Tornado of Idiocy That is American Politics

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From Ezra Klein, after learning that conservatives are attacking President Obama for eating dog meat when he was a seven-year-old growing up in Indonesia:

After I learned the story, I felt a little worse about myself for being in any way involved in the tornado of idiocy that is American politics.

Ezra points to a recent handful of especially idiotic silly-season incidents, and I just want to point out that, unlike Ezra, I heard about all of these things in real time. That’s what being a pro is all about, boys and girls. No need to thank me.

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