One of my favorite writers, Dahlia Lithwick, calls attention to John McCain and Barack Obama's humorous outing last last night at the much-linked across the web Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner in New York, where both men engaged in some truly funny stand-up. And she wonders why their public personalities have changed through the course of the campaign:
The really stunning part is getting to see them both again the way they were back when we loved and adored them: two men in full, completely inhabiting their quirky, funny, inspirational selves. Watching them makes you wonder who these freaky spectral candidates are—the boring squashed-up versions of Obama and McCain we've endured through the end of last night’s debate. It makes you wonder what it is about presidential politics in 2008 that sucks out what’s best in our candidates and leaves us with a distillate of small, safe, hard, angry little men.