The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on September 18, 2014

The following is an excerpt from’s “Best of the Web” written by the editor, James Taranto.


Senator Chuck Grassley

The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations
“This 81-Year-Old Senator Is More in Shape Than Most of Us”–headline, Huffington Post, Sept. 17

Your Elders and Betters
A reader passes along a piece from last weekend’s New York Times magazine by Times film critic A.O. Scott, with a note indicating it’s a real thumb-sucker. The title isn’t exactly a grabber either: “The Death of Adulthood in American Culture.”

We’re too old to suck our thumb, but we did look the article up on Factiva, which puts the word count as 4,633. Instead of reading it, check out this letter to the editor of the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star from Charley Ackerman of Milford, titled “Loud in Stadium”:

We are senior citizens and have enjoyed Big Red football ever since Bob Devaney came in 1962–334 football games.

We think the new stadium sound system is great; however, it was so loud we could hardly talk to each other. People could probably hear it in Crete!

Come on. Turn it down halfway, and by the way it would be nice to have some wonderful music instead of all this hip-hop hogwash . . . the kind that Dr. Tom Osborne could enjoy.

Brevity is the soul of wit. Or, to put it another way: Just because you’re old doesn’t mean you have to go on forever.

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