Silly season updates

So much wackiness, so little time. But here are a few interesting tidbits I came come across this morning:One, New Yorkers really are smarter than everyone else, as Andrew Cuomo is running ahead of Carl Paladino by 59 percent to 24 percent among likely voters.Two, Alaskans are not New Yorkers, but they're also apparently not swooning for their own Tea Party paladin, Joe Miller, according to the latest polls. But his hired goons handcuffed a reporter who had the temerity to try to ask Miller questions this weekend -- until police, who actually have authority to arrest people, freed the scribbler. That could help Miller more than hurt.Three, Republican leaders (Boehner) and key candidates continue to dodge the question of what they might cut even as the blast Democrats and Obama for spending too much money -- to get the country out of the Republican fiscal ditch. Well forget that last part. Just check out this exchange between Fox's Chris Wallace and California senate candidate Carly Fiorina, via Sully:

WALLACE: Im going to try one last time, and if you dont want to answer it, Miss Fiorina, you dont have to.FIORINA: Its not a question of not wanting to answer it!WALLACE: Let me ask the question, if I may, please. Youre not willing to put forward a single benefit Im not talking about the people 60 or let alone 65, or 70. Im talking about people under 55. Youre not willing to say there is a single benefit eligibility for Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security that you are willing to say Yeah, I would cut that?FIORINA: What I think we need to do to engage the American people in a conversation about entitlement reform is to have a bipartisan group of people who come together and put every solution on the table, every alternative on the table. Then we ought to engage in a long conversation with the American people so they understand the choices.

Finally, the Kentucky senate debate seems like a pay-per-view match I'd have paid to watch. And is Democat Jack Conway unfair by associating Rand Paul with the decidedly not-Christian views of his hero Ayn Rand?Smackdown central via The Swamp.

David Gibson is the director of Fordham’s Center on Religion & Culture.

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