QUOTE OF THE DAY….From Maureen Dowd, parodying herself so effectively that she basically puts all the rest of us out of work:

John McCain’s Don Rickles routines — “Thanks for the question, you little jerk” — can fall flat. But he seems like a guy who can be teased harmlessly. If Obama offers only eat-your-arugula chiding and chilly earnestness, he becomes an otherworldly type, not the regular guy he needs to be.

Does she have a machine that types this stuff for her, or what?

On the other hand, Dowd is a pretty reliable canary-in-the-coal-mine for upwelling conventional wisdom. Is “humorless” about to take off as this year’s version of “stiff” (2000) and “effete” (2004)?