I have arrived in New York, during a welcoming blizzard, to find the mailbag blowing apart at the seams with responses to the Atlas Shrugged Guy.
1) No more! I'm grateful, but enough.
2) By around 11
pmam EST tonighttomorrow I'll serve up a unified-field-theory of this topic: why I quoted him to begin with, a sample of what people have said in reply, and what I'll know later on about his real plans. Then I will close the mailbag flap and move on.
3) See line #1.
4) To amuse yourself in the meantime, by all means read Conor Friedersdorf's excellent item on how the closed information loop of the Fox/Rove-centric right wing, which for so long has been a message-discipline plus for the right wing, now is a serious strategic minus. Short version of the argument: people inside the information bubble are so unaware of surrounding real-world reality that they can't adapt to it in time. Viz the apparently genuine surprise of many on the right that their side lost last night.
4a) With that in mind, consider this item at Media Matters, which directly bears on a member of this closed information loop who is employed by the Washington Post. Today she discloses that she had been deliberately spinning news during the campaign -- saying things different from what she actually thought, so as to reflect better on her favored candidate. For instance, she tells us now that various speeches etc were unimpressive, but in real time during the campaign she touted them as turning points for her candidate's success. I am not aware of a comparable case at another mainstream news organization.