Americans also really, really, really want to trust their authority figures. They’re willing to look the other way, as long as the dude on TV–be he pundit or president–can be persuasive enough in his lie or ardent enough in his apology. (Unless, of course, the lie has something to do with sex. Then, Americans will be publicly outraged! shocked! offended! but privately will crave every last stinking detail, down to the color of the dress and size of the stain and shade of the lipstick and seconds to orgasm.) Gutted economy? Blurring of church and state? Bogus justifications for going to war? Lies, all lies? That’s okay–Georgie seemed so sincere with his folksy Southern drawl and goofy monkey smile and squinting eyes and invocation of the Lord Our God. We’ll give him a pass.