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Since the Sarah Palin nomination brought out everyone's more base political instincts, with the economic crisis creating palpable panic, with the bailout/rescue leaving everyone confused or angry or freaked, with Republican rallies turning into mob scenes, complete with shouts of "stop him," "get him," and "kill him," the country is feeling a little too much like Drudge.
That's really the mood, the tone. It's like it's the fashion, this fall. There's that sort of hysteric hyperventilation, that clinging to the next news item, the next "revelation." Everyone has that daze on their face, too, like they've just hurdled from the stomach-turning ride, but they kind of liked it.