Joan Didion writes succinctly on Salon about the real issues obscured by the farrago of misinformation surrounding the US election.
Finding Number 1 of the recent report into whether Palin abused her power in having a state trooper fired: "For reasons explained in Section IV of this report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute".
Sarah Palin's reaction? "I'm very, very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing ... any hint of any kind of unethical activity there."
No wonder the rest of the world is observing this election with a mixture of apprehension and astonishment.