LIBERALISM’S EARNESTNESS CRISIS….Michael Kalin is undoubtedly a good guy, which makes me feel a wee bit guilty for highlighting this, but please spare me observations like this about Jon Stewart’s odious influence on America’s youth:

At a time when the Democrats desperately need inspired leadership, the [Daily Show’s] self-conscious aloofness pervades the liberal punditry.

Although Stewart’s comedic shticks may thus earn him some laughs Sunday at the Oscars, his routine will certainly not match the impact of his greatest irony: Jon Stewart undermines any remaining earnestness that liberals in America might still possess.

Yep, that’s liberalism’s biggest problem: not enough earnestness. Shame on you, Jon Stewart.