Remember the good old days of 2004? When political debate was suitable for yelling out open car windows? "Bush lied! And he's a cowboy!" "Kerry flip flops! And he's French!" That was awesome.
This time around, instead of repeating empty, meaningless soundbites that we steal from various media sources, let's dispense with the pretense that we thought anything through, and simply yell out the sources themselves.
"CNBC at 12:30 Tuesday. I don't remember most of it, but he got it from Rush Limbaugh."
"That's stupid, because I caught the last nine seconds of a contrasting position on Lou Dobbs at 8p on Wednesday. That's prime time."
"My friend said XM said that All Things Considered said Dobbs was a fool, and ATC is certainly more intellectual than the show you didn't watch, so I am ahead."
He boots up his Mac. "Except The New Yorker had a three page story on the election that I therefore didn't need to read, so I own you."
"Oh, please, the friggin New Yorker. I read Daily Kos."
"The Daily Kos can blow me."
"Just saying." He orders another decaf mocha. "Besides, Time said bloggers are monkeys with one hand down their pants."
"The crawl on CNN said Time readership is down, and masturbating primates have determined six of the last three elections. The crawl is where all the good stuff is."
"You wish. That crawl is as compelling as a Soulja Boy acoustic set. Besides, the anchor at CBS made fun of CNN. Anchor beats crawl."
"But didn't the CBS anchor steal his quotes from CNBC?"
"Yes, who in turn quoted Rush--"
"--who was responding to something from The Daily Show!" He tears open a Splenda. "Wait, does all political discourse in this country originate with Rush Limbaugh and Jon Stewart?"
Pause. He googles Juno and iphone.
"I wonder why that is?'