Act Now! Stop Thinking, Forever!

Dear vastly influential Manhattanite:

Have you found the past few months of life in America somewhat unsettling?

Do you sometimes feel as if you are growing out of touch?

Do you find yourself disagreeing with the nightly opinion polls on any number of subjects-Microsoft’s antitrust problems, morality in government, day trading in the stock market, adultery, perjury, Bob Dole’s believability as a Viagra spokesperson, Amazon.com’s stock price, or even whether Pluto should retain its status as a full-fledged planet …

… And do you now suddenly find yourself having a full-blown crisis of confidence, wondering: “Hey! Wait a minute! Do I have my finger on the pulse of America anymore? Am I still vital? Are my opinions still important? Are my instincts still valid?”

Or, perhaps even worse, did you find yourself at a Park Avenue dinner table, saying something to the effect of, “Hillary for Senate? She doesn’t live here, she’s never run for office, her knowledge of New York comes from flying over the Long Island Expressway on her way out to the Hamptons …”

Only to be cut off, in mid-rant, by someone who politely informs you that, “It’s not that I think you’re an idiot, John, but haven’t you seen the latest polls? 87% of likely New York voters say they’ll vote for Hillary over Rudy. So as far as I’m concerned, the election’s over. Finished. A foregone conclusion. You’re wrong, you’re irrelevant, your opinions are invalid. Can we have dessert now, please?”

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