In the run-up to the first Presidential debate, the commentariat of the left had a lot of fun with the possibility that Governor Romney was preparing some "zingers" so as to twit President Obama.  The consensus at the time was that such zingers were likely to fail.  All the same, when Our President got off that one about fewer horses and bayonets, his enablers and cheerleaders on the left thought there was such a thing as a good zinger.

Yes, I'm looking at you, Ed Schultz.  And considering the source.  Ed Schultz played college football for Don Morton, who gave Northern Illinois about five years of recruiting and publicity material.  Problem is, Don Morton was coaching Wisconsin at the time.

Jonah Goldberg suggests that Ed Schultz, and Rachel Maddow, and, for that matter Michael Kinsley and Bob Shrum, generalizes.
[Horses and bayonets] struck me as an example of how thoroughly liberalism has confused sneering for intellectual confidence. It shouldn’t be surprising, given that comedy shows often substitute for news programs, particularly for younger liberals. That’s probably why the president has been spending more time talking to DJs, entertainment shows, and comedians than to reporters. He desperately needs the support of low-information voters, who’ve replaced the old adage “it’s funny because it’s true” with “if it’s funny, it must be true.”
I propose to expand the class of low-information voters.  Democratic Party cliches are not the same thing as academic substance, although as the election approaches, the distinction blurs.  The cliches and zingers have crowded out substance, perhaps to our disadvantage.
Asked if the president’s personal attacks demean the office of the presidency, [former Florida governor Jeb Bush replied: “It does, but here’s the sad reality: We have a temporary time in American history where our culture has been coarsened, where people’s expectations are low. We’re living in a different time.

“As president of the United States,” he continued, “there’s the old expression that if you work hard, and you play by the rules, and if you have success, you could be just like him. You could be a president of the United States. That’s what dads tell their boys and moms tell their girls.

“When you act like that, it’s kind of hard to say as a parent to your child, ‘You could be a president of the United States.’ Maybe there are other avocations that might be something that would create greater pride. Sadly, when you act that way, people begin to diminish the importance of the presidency,” Bush said.
Complex Proposition Alert. Reclaiming the common culture is a Good Thing.  Diminishing the importance of the presidency is a Good Thing.  Achieving the one might in fact be aided by achieving the other.

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