The insipid, inane, inept, irrelevant comments by the Talking Heads probably weren’t any worse than in past years, but certainly not better. My favorites (not):
1. Interviewers of African-Americans who asked, “How do you feel about Obama being the first African American president?” and were answered with a variant of, “I think it’s just fine.”
2. Peter Canellos in the Globe predicting that Hillary “is poised to be the most powerful secretary of state since James Baker in the first Bush administration.” What? Turns out that this is because Obama will be so preoccupied with domestic matters that Hill can do whatever she wants. Check this out in 3 months, Peter, and, BTW, take the Globe by-out.
3. The endless, brainless repetition of the line that the peaceful transfer of executive power is one of the glories of the American system. Actually not. In parliamentary democracies, which are more numerous and, arguably, more democratic than the American system, transfer of power is virtually instantaneous. Just last week pundits were complaining about the awkward interregnum that stretches two and a half months after the election. But now, American exceptionalism and American triumphalism win the day.
4. Pundits and pols who celebrate the passing of “bitter partisanship,” ranging from Jeff Jacoby (please take the buy-out, Jeff, please) to Obama himself. Folks, partisanship is what got Obama elected and what is changing the electoral map. We need more of this, not less.