Kool-aid-CommieLast year my brother left me a phone message, recommending a rare visit to the world of television to check out a new face on CNN. Not just another radio right-winger masticating headlines, he said, but a creature from some even lower rung on the ladder of life, working an act so addled and inept that he had to be kidding, had to be auditioning for Comedy Central—but who was, in fact, dead serious. (Our era, in the words of the blog Eschaton, “begins the age when it is impossible to tell parody/ irony/ performance art from completely sincere product.”)

Hence the title of Crowley’s piece “Tears of a Clown” continue reading.