If you have the stomach for it, watch this clip of Glenn Beck. He’s trying hard to keep it together, getting all lachrymose with Chuck Norris and others about how America is lost.  I seriously thought this was something from the old SCTV show when I first saw it.

George Packer has a couple of insighful posts on this renewed paranoid style of American politics, which has been around, unfortunately, for a while.

For perspective, Colbert. And lachrymose is a totally underused word.