Magazine September 21, 2009, Issue

Put Down Thy Pitchfork

(Phil Noble/Reuters)

If the season of town-hall meetings has left you shell-shocked and cringing, you are not alone. Or maybe it’s the other way around: You applauded the apoplectic convulsions of the Grassroots Right and it’s I who am alone. In that case I’m in for another epistolary nuking such as I got when I defended the deportation of Elián González and some of you wrote me, “Go back to Cuba!”

Let not your heart be troubled, as Sean Hannity would say. Despite my distaste for the town-hall howlers I am in no danger of turning into an Obamamaniac. If you tried to …

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