"But the point of this blog post is not inflation or Sarah Palin's reading habits. It's this ironically detached posture that dominates our public discourse, one that I have engaged in many times before. The reasons for this pose, which dominate the savvier cable news shows (I'm looking at you Shep Smith) and the Comedy Central news roundups, is no secret. All authorities have basically failed America - the banks, the media, big business, the government, the elected process. So the way to give yourself credibility is to mock the idea of credibility. Sarah Palin is not a national politician who might run for President and thus must carry the subsequent burdens of having to be accurate and responsible for her words. She is just 'humble folk' making fun of fancy people."