Tonight’s Beer Summit between Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and the cop who arrested him, Sgt. Jim Crowley, is the biggest PR pile of you-know-what since President Spendy Pants took office. Why is this incident any more important than the hundreds of similar incidents that take place every month across America?

Is President Mom Jeans going to start holding Beer Summits for every racial dispute? Why stop there? Why not mediate every dispute that falls short of needing a judge and a courtroom?

I have a neighbor who sometimes drives his pickup through a nearby vacant lot as a short cut to the main road. It makes me angry. It puts a cloud over my happy place. Can we get a Beer Summit? Or, since I don’t drink, a Sprite Summit?