Are You Kidding Me?
Tucked into an New York Times op-ed on Bloomberg is the following paragraph ...
And Mr. Bloomberg’s announcement that he is getting out of the G.O.P. but not getting into the race, certainly brought some fresh air into the longest and already most airless presidential campaign in memory. For a couple of days, at least, he changed the subject from who has raised the most money and focused attention on some of the nonwedge but really important issues that he and a few other mayors and governors have been trying to push to the front of the national agenda.
Let's leave aside whether Bloomberg's musing have touched on any major issues for the moment. I want to focus on the "airless" comment.
This is typical MSM nonsense. They complain about the lack of substance in Presidential campaigns, yet they refuse to cover substantive events. The candidates, on both sides of the aisle, have been talking about issues. Romney, Giuliani, and McCain have tangled over abortion, guns, torture and immigration. Ron Paul talked about diplomacy and Iraq (of course, he got ripped for it, but it was substance). On the Democratic side, Iraq has been the issue (as it should be). Many candidates have released health care reform plans, and the list goes on and on. When the candidates have debated and discussed Iraq, immigration, health care, abortion and guns six months into the Presidential campaign, it may be boring, but it isn't "airless."
On the other hand, I'll wager the New York Times will have a couple of articles written on the money chase right after the filing deadline. Because that's the modern day MSM. They bemoan the lack of substance in campaigns, then they ignore the substance and focus on the horse race. Well, we're not going to let them get away with it.