Did Andrea Mitchell just say about the news coverage of the financial crisis, “We shouldn’t be gaming it minute by minute?” Really?
I’ve watched the press parse, dissect, scrutinize, take apart and study every utterance by candidates and would be candidates for almost two years now. The press is openly driving this election. Its getting worse every election season. Remember the Dean scream? Was that, for even a millisecond a story? Sure, political oponents would surely exploit it, as would comedians, but, really, the “mainstream press” coverage of that went well beyond the pale. Ditto the lipstick on a pig non-story.
Well, this crisis cannot be overshadowed by stupidity and laziness. The issue must be covered in a frank and sober manner. For at least a week. I can guarantee you that neither candidate is going to say anything new until November. I could write their scripts myself, in advance, and there would only be a need for an ocassional tweaking to fit the crowd. The debates will tell us nothing. I swear to God, if i hear one more jerk-off reporter regurgitate the line “Obama must connect with the average voter” or “Obama must prove he is one of us” or some other variation, I’m going to put a contract out on his/her life.
Lets stay with this story, and as ever, follow the money. Or, you know, just cue the circus. Whatever.