Is it possible we have reached the zenith of dumbing down or has our quirkiness just become more overt as devotees of hate radio and TV parrot what they hear and non-facts become an acceptable basis for debate? It sometimes seems that the most sought-after attribute among Republican standard-bearers is that they be photogenic and articulate enough to deliver flawless conservative dogma. Thus perennially tan minority leader John Boehner, Indiana’s Mike Pence, Texas’ John Cornyn, Minnesota’s Michele Bachmann, Tennessee’s Marcia Blackburn and of course Sarah Palin are ever front and center to keep reminding us how utterly vapid political expression can be.

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