Meaning -- political controversies manufactured by the elite that serve only the interests of politicians and interest groups; that displace insecurities of their respective political bases; that fill hours of cable television; that matter, in the end, not a whit. The outrage is generally, though not always, contrived. One sure sign: when the words "refused to condemn" appear in the lead sentence of a press release.

Today:

The Frost Family.

Just to keep a running tally for the month:

Democrats on Boehner on the war's cost
Democrats on Limbaugh on "phony troops"
Republicans on "MoveOn"'s Petreaus Ad
Republicans on Ahmadinejad

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