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Editor: Thomas A. Smith
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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Meanwhile, Back in America . . . -

I watched at home and thought: They hate it. They being the people, whom we're now supposed to refer to as the folks. But you look at the polls at how people view Washington—one, in October, had almost 9 in 10 disapproving—and you watch a kabuki-like event like this and you know the distance, the psychic, emotional and experiential distance, between Washington and America, between the people and their federal government, is not only real but, actually, carries dangers. History will make more of the distance than we do. Someday in the future we will see it most vividly when a truly bad thing happens and the people suddenly need to trust what Washington says, and will not, to everyone's loss.


At least Noonan is good again.

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I suspect that your disillusionment has been more gradual than ours. The level of illusionment was probably lower here to start with, but trust plummeted under Blair: not under Major, Brown, or Cameron, as far as I can tell, but specifically under Blair. Since he combined the worst crookedness of Slick Willie, the gormlessness of W and the narcissism of O, it's perhaps not too surprising.

Posted by: dearieme | Jan 31, 2014 8:06:35 AM

Another case of disillusionment, gradually: mine with the Royal Society. By having three dismal Presidents in a row, each keen to politicise what ought to be the world's leading scientific institution, they have, by my lights, brought it low. Whenever it claims to have a corporate opinion in future, I'll assume it to be a melange of falsehood and self-interest.

Posted by: dearieme | Jan 31, 2014 8:32:22 AM