RUSH: Sarah Palin has a fascinating post on her Facebook page, "Who's Running the Country?" Stick with me this on this, because this gets to the nub of what's bugging us all. "We've got a CIA Director sharing security info with his mistress using an unsecure Gmail account. We've got the delusional Susan Rice blaming the death of an ambassador on a YouTube video. We've got Iran firing on one of our drones a week before the election. We've got the White House either ignorant of or covering up all of this. Who is minding the store?
"Everywhere we look we see the rank incompetence or corruption of the people who are supposedly running our country and our major institutions. Let's hope that responsible reporters at Obama's press conference today ask the right questions..." They didn't, and they won't. They're circling the wagons around him! "Here's [Palin's] question for the president: As our nation's chief executive you claim to be unaware of the most important and tragic situations we're facing."
You don't know about Benghazi, you don't know about Petraeus, you don't know about anything! "So, as a former chief executive, I'd like to know how long it takes for your staff to tell you things like: 'Sir, your CIA Director is under investigation'?" How long does it take? How many months, sir, does it take for your staff to tell you these things?
RUSH: Victor Davis Hanson had a post at National Review Online that echoes much of what I said yesterday and have been saying for a while about our pop culture overtaking every institution and tradition in this country. "One symptom of this entire tragedy (or is it dark comedy now?) is the shocking degree of casual sorta/kinda rules and protocols -- strange (or rather predictable) in this era of vast bureaucratic rules. How exactly did national-security and military affairs come to resemble Keeping Up with the Kardashians?"
I.e., how did all of this: How did we find ourselves our government starring in the Real Housewives of the Pentagon? We've got President Kardashian. We've got entertainment reality TV that is our government. "How can some individual just call up an FBI friend (?) and thereby instigate an FBI investigation? And how did that lead to an FBI agent photographing himself bare-chested and apparently infatuated with a married mother of three?
"How can a PhD candidate," this is Broadwell, here, "without any journalistic or historical credentials, become the public face of a four-star general and be privy to information to the point of hitting the lecture circuit to pontificate about a CIA annex in Benghazi?" In other words, how does Petraeus choose somebody that's never written a book, who isn't an historian to grant all this access to?
How does this pop culture crap happen? "How did an early-middle-aged married mother of two suddenly morph into a court biographer who lectured on everything from military practice to leadership to national-security challenges?" In other words, who is Broadwell, and where did she come from, and what are her bona fides? What is her CV? What's her credibility?
And then, "How can a Florida socialite by any stretch of the imagination merit a vast e-mail correspondence with the nation's highest ranking warriors entrusted to conduct our most critical struggles," wars and battles? How can this happen? How is it that the commanding general in Afghanistan sending thousands of documents to a brain-dead socialite in Tampa? Those are my words, and I should probably take back the brain-dead. Half brain-dead, but regardless.
She thinks she's a consul general! She thinks she's got diplomatic immunity, for crying out loud. We got a general that's sending her thousands of pages of stuff. Hanson writes, "What in the world is an 'honorary consul general' and who extends such Alice Through the Looking Glass titles? Why do generals seek to go back stage to meet a Denzel Washington or have Angelina Jolie pop up for a photo-op?
"I think it is impossible that an attorney general who knew of the investigation and many of the details for months did not tell his president and close friend -- but then on the other hand, given all of above, who knows?" So what's happened here? Pop culture has taken over all of our great institutions. You ask, "What's right or wrong? Where are the accountable things you can count on?"
They're gone! It's scary. Everybody wants to be on Entertainment Tonight. Everybody wants to be on the E! Entertainment network, everybody wants to be in The Real Housewives of X. You name it. Presidents used to never go on shows like Leno or Letterman. Now they live there. Is it an indication of how dumbed down our culture's become? Is it an indication how dumbed down our voters have become?