As far as the midterm elections go, for the media and the talking heads it’s basically all over now, except the voting and the counting (and recounting).
Some reporters are still criss-crossing the country, and sending back breathless dispatches, which, if you look close, are mostly interchangeable: campaigns are all in high-gear, GOTV is everyone’s goal, voter suppression is widespread, attack ads are nonstop, the polls are inching up and down, early voting is underway, — and crazy presidential tweets keep flying.
Which is to say, there’s not much real news here. After all, unless there’s some shocking October Surprise about to drop (no sign of such yet), this frenzy is exactly what you would expect.
And I don’t know about you, but I’m past burned out on watching or listening to talking heads yammer back and forth about, “Will the Dems take the House?” “Oh, maybe yes, maybe no.” “What about the Senate?” “Well, maybe no, but possibly yes.” After this long, it’s like asking, “Will the market go up or down tomorrow?”
Surely many among the scribes must be fed up with this pointless speculation, and in the absence of actual new political news, many journalists and pundits — way too many, in my view — have gone rogue this week, and have decided to gnaw on the ankle of Senator Elizabeth Warren, over the six-minute video she released on October 15, about the matter of her Native American ancestry. Continue reading Pow Wow Chow-Gate: Therapy for The Feverish Media