Watching US political conventions from abroad by mattsteinglass
August 28, 2008, 9:37 am
Filed under: President

I’ve said in the past that an easy contempt for politics leads to the evisceration of democracy. But watching American political conventions from outside the country, you really do get the sense that the democratic political process induces clinical insanity in the people who participate in it. I’m watching the suffocatingly schmaltzy Spielberg doc on the military, and it’s like listening to a weepy self-dramatizing hysteric, the kind of person who makes you nod sympathetically while thinking, “How do I get out of here? Be sure not to give out phone number.”


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