Matt Yglesias wonders why the bomb in Times Square is inciting less freaking out than did the Christmas underpants bomber (what an odd epithet to have attached to oneself!). I suspect three things:
1) The Times Square bombing is in New York. People kind of expect New York to get bombed, and it doesn't make them feel uncomfortable in Tupelo.
2) Americans, in general, lack a kinship with New Yorkers. All those jibes about Real America speak to a real disconnect between many Americans and New Yorkers. I think part of the reason why everyone went on and on about the firefighters after 9/11 was not only because their actions were heroic, but because people across the country found firefighters relatable, far more so than a worker for Cantor Fitzgerald.
3) The guy who did it seems to have been white. Therefore, while less relatable than even a New Yorker, he is more relatable than a Muslim Arab. It will be interesting to see how people react if it's a Tea Party type who did it.
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