If a squadron of mad scientists surrounded by supercomputers gathered in a laboratory to try to conjure a single news topic that would blow up large, they could not touch the T.S.A. pat-down story.
The pat-down story was the equivalent of vaporware — it seemed as if something huge was about to happen, but it turned out that it was a story about a story, the noisy, fervent sound of a news system feeding on itself.
In the face of such obvious official retrenchment, this Democrat Party opperative is trying to make it look like a public tantrum. Trying, but not doing well.
At a time of incredibly fractionalized politics, the pat-down was a single issue we could all rally around. For liberals, it was Big Brother grabbing liberties (with both hands) and conservatives once again felt the intrusive touch of Big Government in their pocket.
But this here is my favorite, favorite part.
The issue of personal searches and enhanced visibility on scans would seem to be a more acute one for women, given the objectification of women in general and greater history of assault. But discussion on Twitter included two times as many men as women, according to Trendrr. Something primal is at work here, that speaks to both machismo — boys don't touch boys — and certain male insecurities about being visible to strangers. You thought that dream of being in high school in your underwear was bad.
And that my friends is why everyone with a single functional neuron reads the New York Times strictly for the comedy. Pure propaganda, badly delivered. Plus, we all know the shrieks of rage this author would have expressed had a Republican been president.
Here's his email addy, let him know how you feel.