Jonah, don’t you know that discussing great band names like Throbbing Gristle is a favorite of your arch-enemy, the bilious Eric Alterman? Some cultural enthusiasms do transcend politics.
E.A. is now attacking the ABC political-unit folks who write “The Note” for calling America the “world’s finest democracy.” He suggests “This kind of meaningless BS is often considered obligatory by U.S. journalists, but excuse me, by exactly what normative criteria is this ‘the world’s finest democracy’? Voter turnout? We’re just about the worst. Turnover in leadership? We rank below the Communist Party of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.”
And the lefties wonder why people question whether their gristle throbs for the USA. BTW, the latest slam of Alterman’s ridiculous book What Liberal Media? is in Commentary.