Why does so much of our talk about race and poverty leave us Americans spinning our wheels?
One of the unwritten but widely respected rules of satire is that somehow, somewhere, someone simply isn't going to get the joke. And if they don't get the joke, you get taken seriously about something you don't really believe.
If television is chewing gun for the eyes, as an old saying goes, the Malaysia Airlines mystery plane has turned cable television news into candy for the ears.
Alas, poor Paul Ryan. After all, as some other fair-minded folks have pointed out, it is not as though Ryan said something that was new, untrue or -- in today's world -- distinctly right-wing.
Sometimes a clever catchphrase can work too well. At least Sandberg knows how to get people talking.