BAD CHILDHOOD RESPONSIBLE FOR 9/11?….Over at Cliopatria, KC Johnson introduces us to congressional wannabe Wayland Smalley, who tells us why Osama turned out to be such a bad sort: it’s all because of polygamy. “A 47th son, such as Osama Bin Laden, rarely gets the quality time he needs with a father,” Smalley says, by way of a weird non sequitur following a passage that extols the virtues of marriage between men and women (and only between men and women, dammit).

KC assures us that Smalley has no chance of winning, so no need to get alarmed. Contribute your nickels to Ben Chandler and John Barrow instead, OK?

POSTSCRIPT: By the way, I’d just like to point out that it’s precisely this kind of mocking attitude toward traditional values by coastal elites like me that keeps the Republican party strong. Sorry about that.