March 25, 2008

JERRY VS. ELAINE:

Trading Insults (Howard Kurtz, 3/25/08, Washington Post)

The Democratic campaign, it seems to me, is increasingly about itself.

We hear little about health care, immigration and Iraq (where the 4,000th American has died, generating a round of stories from news organizations that have been playing down the war). Instead, we hear about Samantha Power, Geraldine Ferraro, Jeremiah Wright, Tony McPeak; James Carville calling Bill Richardson a Judas and Obama backer Gordon Fischer, the former Iowa Democratic chairman, saying Bill Clinton was leaving "a stain on his legacy much worse, much deeper, than the one on Monica's blue dress."

Yuck.


When you're too far Left of the electorate to be able to afford the political damage discussing the issues would inflict, what do you have left but personalities?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 25, 2008 11:58 AM
Comments

What it means, Mr. Kurtz, is that Iraq is not drawing that much attention as it isn't that much of a crisis; but the long over-due reshuffling of power and settling scores between the various groups that make up the Democrats' coalition? That is a crisis and needs to be settled within five months.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 25, 2008 1:47 PM

Howard Kurtz doesn't understand that the campaign is "about" whatever the media chooses to highlight? And he's surprised that the media prefers to focus on scandals and gaffes rather than policy details? Has he been covering the media of some other planet for all these years?

Posted by: PapayaSF at March 25, 2008 10:01 PM
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