As fate and fortune would have it, I arrived in Miami from Chile in time for one of the periodic fundraising drives for public television. Some things, it would appear, do not change. These events still feature cotton-candy personages gushing lovey-dovey messages about the glories and sanctities of public television, all the while hawking videos on the historic riches of Rome, Florence, Naples, and Venice. Such videos are without doubt among the glories and sanctities of public television.
Anyone who tuned into one of the GOP candidate debates earlier this year would have experienced seeing the establishment candidates (McCain, Romney, Giuliani, and Huckabee) jabbing at each other over patently inconsequential matters.