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.
I can't seem to find Eleanor Clift's age on the web, or Rutten's, but I suspect both began their media careers in the Vietnam/Watergate era, a time in which media folk became convinced --no matter their particular distribution of talents-- of their collective moral superiority, their obvious intelligence, and the divine right of columnists/pundits.