Collins jumps the pooch: We’ll plan to discuss this topic next week, along with related issues.
That said, Gail Collins’ latest column raises the most obvious question: Is our society sane?
As a general matter, it’s a bad idea to introduce questions of mental illness when we talk about politics. (As a general matter, it’s a very bad idea.) But we have never seen a major writer comment about Collins' ongoing series of columns. And today, she has jumped the pooch.
In our view, this raises a basic question: Are we sane as a people? As a people, were we ever sane? Or were we protected from ourselves by past societal practices?
(During the era of Walter and David, shit like this couldn’t get into print. Crazy folk weren’t allowed through the door in those less democratic days. If you wanted to hear someone talking like this, you had to go down to the bar.)
Our professional writers won’t write about this. But this column is a rolling insult to our failing democracy. And Collins has acted this way before, during the sliming of Gore.
The dog on the roof of the car is earth tones. Many people can’t see that now—and of course, they couldn’t see it then.
Kevin and E.J. won’t write about this. Darlings! Professional courtesy!
Extra credit assignment: Don’t miss what Collins says about "rumors!" How does this get into print?
Aw what the heck! This is what Collins writes in that part of her dream. The Q-and-A format is hers:
COLLINS: I heard a rumor that when the family got to Canada, Seamus ran away.Truly, that’s incredible. Let us translate for you:
Seeking sanctuary? Mitt’s sister, Jane, told Swidey that the dog developed a tendency to wander, and that she took Seamus to her home in California where there was more space. She also gave The Globe an extremely cute picture of Seamus cuddling with some kittens.
Collins is trying to get us to start repeating a rumor! How does this get into print?
So you’ll know, this particular part of today’s mental breakdown dates back to this post in a pet blog at the Albany Times-Union. Collins first cited this post in a column in early February.
You can click on through if you're so inclined, seeing where the rumor got started. But understand: In today’s column, Collins explicitly passes on a rumor! She’s hoping we fools will repeat it.
This makes perfect sense at the Times. The Times jumped the pooch long ago.