The New Normal of Rampant Dim-Bulbism By Arnold Ahlert

So I’m reading the Peggy Noonan, George Will and other conservative writers pitching the idea that Obama and the rest of his Marxist/socialist bunch have overplayed their hands, and it’s just a matter of time until conservatism comes roaring back. Snap out of it, guys. Exhibits A, B, and C, aka the three biggest news stories that have captured the attention of the American electorate over the past three weeks, reveals the truth.

Exhibit A is the Lance Armstrong/Oprah Winfrey confession-fest. A couple of multimillionaires getting down and dirty on Oprah’s OWN TV network, complete with a tears-on-cue bit from the bicyclist, and a lot of pre-show promotion by the “Queen of Daytime TV” about how Lance was going “bring it.” The only thing the Big O was looking for Lance to “bring” was decent TV ratings for her foundering network. Close, but no cigar. The numbers were impressive, but Lance the Liar finished second to Oprah’s interview with deceased singer Whitney Houston’s family members. One thing is certain: America has a fascination with drug addicts. And despite the semi-meager numbers, Lance was Topic A for the mainstream media.

But let’s give the electorate some “credit” here. Lance is not the only distraction in the bread and circuses nation we’ve become. Here’s some perspective from website “The Wrap” which tracks American TV appetites, via the ratings: “The Armstrong numbers were good but by no means spectacular. By comparison, the recent TLC special ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo: A Very Boo Halloween’ earned 3.1 million [viewers]. On the same night, Jan. 6, ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ had its highest-rated episode of the season with 3.7 million.”

Exhibit B? Manti Te’o, a Notre Dame linebacker and his made-up girl friend. Another sob-story that turned out to be a hoax.

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