Sorry about the double whammy but hey, two more quick intelligence failures.

One, a quickie, from the Clearly Let Down By My Local School District Department, everybody’s favorite crying idiot, Glenn Beck:

[Our] country is economically on fire, and I think we have Julius Caesar in the White House.

I guess we should take it easy on him; he Nero-ly got it right!

Two, I was delighted to wake up to the media storm around the Paul-Maddow showdown. I heard Rand Paul on All Things Considered yesterday and nearly went apoplectic at his artless dodging of whether or not he would have voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Coupled with Palin-esque stinkers like this one explicating his dislike of the Americans with Disabilities Act,

I think if you have a two-story office and you hire someone who’s handicapped, it might be reasonable to let him have an office on the first floor rather than the government saying you have to have a $100,000 elevator. And I think when you get to the solutions like that, the more local the better, and the more common sense the decisions are, rather than having a federal government make those decisions.

I was struck with both horror and the deep sadness that the Venn diagram of “people who may vote for Rand Paul” and “people listening to NPR” might not have a huge overlap. Thank God he had the chance to implode on the TV!

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