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.

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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

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