Using slogans such as "it can't get any worse," a Brazilian clown beat down other candidates and won a resounding victory in an election for federal deputy in Sao Paulo. He beat his next nearest challenger by close to a 2-1 margin. He is now being challenged to prove he can read and write before assuming his seat.
"What does a federal deputy do?" Francisco Oliveira Silva asked in one of his ads. "Truly, I don't know. But vote for me and I will find out for you."
The frustration and anger of electorates around the world -- and even the frustration and anger of those who do not elect representatives -- is something to experience. Hard times and bald liars seem to make it all happen. But of course cynical smirking is not enough. Sarah Palin and others of her ilk might actually win ... and who would that benefit, whose frustration and anger might be assuaged in reality?
It's all sort of funny. And after that, it is increasingly sad.