It would seem many early commentators think themselves superior to ASSASSINATION NATION (or perhaps they merely wish to). My glean is that folks find the, um, aggressive topicality ... cheap. Well, I really, really don't. I read strong Swiftian diagnostics. It is smart, trashy, and inventively crafted. I can get behind that, y'all. It is about us here and now, sure, but also, God help us, the what-is-to-come.