QUOTE OF THE DAY II: "These elections have not yielded much. It is necessary to wait and see the results, but I think all this is unreliable and dubious." - former communist apparatchik, Mikhail Gorbachev. Yep. You can understand why he's not too keen on democracy.
Describing Mikhail Gorbachev as a "former communist apparatchik" is about as accurate as describing Andrew Sullivan as a "former college student." Not untrue, but imprecise almost to the point of dishonesty. Of course, it's easy to understand why Sullivan chooses such language: according Gorbachev any credit whatsoever for the end of the Cold War might challenge the dearly held conservative myth that Ronald Reagan smote the Soviets with a wave of his mighty hand, and for a well known Reagan's leg-humper like Sullivan, whose political identity depends upon that mythology, this is simply out of the question.