Thank God this summer of phony outrage is almost over

When Batfleck, Miley Cyrus, and rodeo clowns dominate the headlines, it's time for Congress to get back to work

Miley Cyrus
(Image credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for MTV)

I think we can all blame Congress for taking an extended recess in the middle of summer. Lawmakers should be in Washington, giving overheated scolds material for substantial debate and meaningful social and political criticism. Instead, we are about to end an off-year's slowest month talking about rodeo clowns, Batfleck, and Miley Cyrus' bizarre performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.

We certainly have plenty of serious topics to discuss, and to our credit, we have been discussing them … at least in between the flashes of pop-culture hysteria and outrage. Egypt's coup has deeply serious implications for our global security strategies, and not just because it might end up damaging the tenuous peace between Cairo and Jerusalem. Egypt controls the Suez Canal, and with it Western access from Mediterranean bases to the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.

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Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey has been writing about politics since 2003 in his blog, Captain's Quarters, and now writes for His columns have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Post, The New York Sun, the Washington Times, and other newspapers. Morrissey has a daily Internet talk show on politics and culture at Hot Air. Since 2004, Morrissey has had a weekend talk radio show in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and often fills in as a guest on Salem Radio Network's nationally-syndicated shows. He lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with his wife, son and daughter-in-law, and his two granddaughters. Morrissey's new book, GOING RED, will be published by Crown Forum on April 5, 2016.