We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
AND, they have irritated their pet flacks in the media. I like the way Benghazi Barry says he knows nothing except what he reads in the papers, which is a pretty obvious plea/directive to Stop Those Stories!
--i like Taranto's 'decadent' as used. Doesn't mean they're not energetic hard bodies (see der fuehrur's ideal youth), it means that the national institutions they run have traded off the 'national' part for a 'world' part. So they're to the purpose decayed.
And to the major scandals burning, they're all virtual book-burnings, and as Heinrich Heine in the mid-1930s wrote, "...where they burn books, they will ultimately burn people".