"Political life, which has been separate from real life - full of artifice, spin and flagrant fakery and inauthenticity - has been, rather miraculously, reduced to the real and transparent. That's the joke: Politicians are ordinary fools," he says. "Curiously, this leveling or reduction may deal a big blow to scandal. If we believe all politicians are having affairs, there's no story."
The newfound audacity could have begun, he says, after first lady