Pat Robertson has called for the assassination of Hugo Chavez. Chavez, to his eternal credit, has responded by asking (I paraphrase), "Pat who?"

What bothers me is the amount of attention being paid to this. Jesse Jackson got trotted out by ABC. The Daily Show has spent two nights on it. The blogosphere is all atwitter. The White House has commented. Why? Why not just say, "this man is a crackpot" and move on?

It truly is, as the British say, the silly season.

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