the soft bigotry of low expectations

Via the New Republic blogs, a NYC firefighter who escorted Sarah Palin around 9/11 memorial said:

“She seems to be up to date [with] current events and everything that happened on 9/11. She’s been given enough information. I’m sure she knows as much as the common American.”

One of the procedures for selecting the President proposed at the original Constitutional convention was, after all, to do so randomly.