ALOUD IN MY HEARING (always a bad thing, that — it gives me ideas), where would the modern Thomas Paine come from?
The picture of Thomas Paine we have carried down the years — like that of most of the founding fathers — is somewhat sanitized. Paine was not a nice person. He was a pamphleteer and a rabble-rouser, with some sometimes disphoneous (sic) opinions.
Something like … Andrew Breitbart? </churchlady>