As the elections grow ever nearer, I find myself forced into an awkward, uncomfortable position which I don't relish: that of being informed, often against my will, about politics.
Here I am minding my own business, innocently searching Starpulse for terms like "Madonna abortion" and "Spears fucks bear?" only to be confronted by the horrible visage of sober, reflective analysis regarding our nation's future.
Imagine my relief then, when I stumbled upon
about Hillary Clinton lying about taking sniper fire during a visit to Bosnia. It's not only got all of the unnecesarry dramatics of a TMZ article, it focuses entirely on an irrelevant character flaw rather than any issue that will actually affect anything. Perfect blogging fodder!
So here we go: Are we really going to act shocked and angry when we find out a politician has embellished a story in order to impress everyone? Tall tales are the grist of the political machine. George Washington and the cherry tree, Hamilton and his tragic duel, McKinley's robot eye.
All are beloved political tales, all surely embellished (for example, most historians now agree that the Washington story is apocryphal, and that McKinley's eye was far less advanced than he led his cabinet to believe).
Getting pissed when a politician lies to you is like getting pissed when a grandparent dies on your birthday. It's just not their fault; it's what they