While walking the dog, after watching more of the Democratic National Convention than I would have thought probable, or advisable:
Me: So David Brooks thinks they'll need to talk about the economy more, because that's what independent voters care about.
The historian: (with some starch) Frankly, I could not care less what David Brooks has to say.
Me: [laughs] Yeah, he sees himself as the voice of the independent voter.
The historian: In fact, I don't care what any of those commentators have to say. They could just describe what happened, and then they could just be quiet.
(I loved this so much it hurt a little bit.)