Question from yesterday’s Democratic Senatorial debate for the nomination to contest Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown:
What Super Hero [would you] be if you could be one, and why?
Seriously. That was a question. And sadly, each of the Democratic candidates answered the question as if it was serious. Among the answers proferred, was the Incredible Hulk, one-half of the Wonder Twins, and from progressive favorite Elizabeth Warren, a sexist stereotype confirming response of, “Wonder Woman. I liked her costume and especially her bracelets.”
Unfortunately, none of the candidates gave the proper response. That proper response was this:
I object to this question. Americans don’t need super heroes. We don’t wait for Supermen. Europeans wait for supermen in troubling times of war and catastrophe. And when they think they’ve found their supermen, they give them super powers over themselves. You’ve heard their names before: names like Cromwell, Napoleon, Mussolini, and Hitler. Instead, Americans find superpowers within themselves, within everyman. It’s called democracy. I’m not a superman. I’m not waiting for one. And quite frankly, I don’t ever want one.
Sigh . . .
Yesterday the New Yorker explored the current economic crisis, and they almost got it. Noting that the “proximate cause” for the latest round of troubled economic times is the Greek debt situation, John Lanchester probes for deeper causes: