high stakes, low interest
Today's Washington Post Media Notes column sees the current political campaign season as being, well, kind of L4m3.
But it doesn't exactly feel like a great debate is under way. There's been more passion about the last-minute Torricelli withdrawal than about anything the candidates are arguing over in New Jersey, or any other state for that matter.
You'd hardly guess that control of both houses of Congress is at stake.
The reasons aren't hard to divine. Sound bites are easy. Fixing Social Security is hard. Attack ads are easy. Closing huge budget deficits, when everyone is afraid to talk about taxes, is hard. Empty rhetoric is easy. Ensuring health coverage for 40 million uncovered Americans is hard.
Once upon a time, the media might have helped fill the gap. News organizations might have run pieces and editorials demanding specific answers from the candidates on pressing issues. Where are the White House correspondents demanding that Bush talk about something other than Iraq?