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Monday, October 11, 2004
 
Politics as entertainment?
Here I am, sitting in a hotel in Atlanta and watching TV, which is not one of my usual activities. There's a game show on: "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" OK. Trivia questions, audience participation, plus I get to feel smarter than the sap in the seat.

All is well.

Then comes a question that's tough for the contestant: What is "Romaji": A system of writing which language using the Roman alphabet?

a: Japanese, b: Russian, c: Hebrew, d: Arabic

I happen to know that the answer is "a". The player doesn't, so I enjoy watching him agonize, use a couple of lifelines to no avail and vacillate between "Russian" and Japanese". He's leaning towards Russian. Everyone holds their breath.

He switches to "Japanese" at the last moment. Triumph! What a close call!

Then the host, Meredith Vieira, says something odd: (from memory, here) "Wow! That was a very brave flip-flop you did there--it's not brave when Kerry does it, but it was very brave of you, and it paid off!"

Huh? I thought I was watching a game show. It's becoming fairly obvious that most big media personalities like their tax cuts very much, thank you. And they intend to keep them.
 
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