Two articles side-by-side from last Saturday’s Post illustrate just how much our government emphasizes style over substance these days. One looks at the orchestration of W’s "town-hall" campaign stops (what the writer describes as "Oprah-style") to sell his drastic alterations to Social Security. The other talks about how a long-time political advisor will be directing a program to try and improve America’s image in other countries.

As the producers of late night infomercials understand, you don’t have to worry about product quality if you have the right sales pitch.