Eric Boehlert says that the distractions such as porcine make-up tips and bridges to nowhere have the press so upset that it’s all they talk about… and the McCain campaign loves it.
Honestly, do voters really (I mean really) see that big of a difference between reading about Sarah Palin in People and reading about her in Newsweek, whose 2008 campaign coverage often has been driven by an open, breathless embrace of celebrity and entertainment? I’m not so sure voters do.
As for actual issues, the media packed those away for safe keeping sometime right around the New Hampshire primary. Ever since, it’s been T&T; trivia and tactics have ruled the print pages and airwaves.
Which is how we got where we are today… Ooh, shiny object!