Just after posting a link to Elizabeth Edwards’ comments on media’s love of story lines over substance comes a surprising Frank Rich column.
He rejects — as I have for weeks — the story line that the Democratic primary battle is assuring the election of John McCain.
Noted: the significant Republican turnout in Pennsylvania against McCain, voters who might bolt for an anti-war Democrat or stay home. The high interest in the Democratic debates. The increased turnout. The number of new Democratic voters. The lack of rigorous testing for McCain — his dubious record, backers, etc. — which could leave him unprepared in the fall.
The Democrats’ unending brawl may be supplying prime time with a goodly share of melodrama right now, but there will be laughter aplenty once the Republican campaign that’s not ready for prime time emerges from the wings