Given the likely impetus for this remark, I can’t say I blame her.

Long after the general election is over, Americans are going to have to stay engaged if the country’s political environment is to change, Michelle Obama told a Billings crowd Monday.

The wife of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told a few hundred supporters gathered at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center they had to remain active in their communities and do their own research on issues in order the change the country’s political path.

“The way this campaign has been run is the way we need to be forever,” Obama said. “Don’t trust bloggers or someone else’s opinion, because people lie.”

Steve Gilbert has your exit question, and it’s a good one. Since I’m momentarily defending the Obamas, let me go ahead and say I think the Prince of Peace is getting a bad rap at The Corner for this, too. He defines “sin” as “Being out of alignment with my values,” which Jonah Goldberg takes to be an awfully narcissistic definition of the term. Sounds to me like by “my values” he simply meant “my Christian values,” per the extended exchange from the original interview:

GG:
Do you believe in sin?

OBAMA:
Yes.

GG:
What is sin?

OBAMA:
Being out of alignment with my values.

GG:
What happens if you have sin in your life?

OBAMA:
I think it’s the same thing as the question about heaven. In the same way that if I’m true to myself and my faith that that is its own reward, when I’m not true to it, it’s its own punishment.

That seems like a fairly pedestrian (if a tinge New Age-y) way to think of it, but leave it to the atheist to shrug these things off. Anyone want to take issue? Go nuts!