...is not poor, but rather two pretty good columns elsewhere in the Times, showing once again the salutary effects of MoDo's absence on everyone except the loathsome Frank Rich. First up is MoDo's replacement Matt Miller, and he once again manages to put out an engaging column that provokes thought rather than laughter. Miller posits two worldviews: one, that one's lot in life is largely a result of luck, another that it is largely the result of hard work and dedication. He correctly assigns the first view to liberals and the second to conservatives. Read the rest, it's pretty good.
Second, we have the way-too-cutely titled 'Darth Vader's Family Values' by John Tierney, who finds Revenge of the Sith to be a battle between the People's Romance and Adam Smith's invisible hand. For another political view of Revenge of the Sith, see this piece by Lockjaw (hat tip to Lorie Byrd at PoliPundit).