Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Time to give political analysis a rest

Time to give political analysis a rest - CNN.com

It might be time to give this kind of coverage a rest. While providing a close examination of elections is a good thing for democracy, trying to fit each contest into a dramatic tale does not strengthen our understanding of the issues shaping the nation. Rather, it produces a skewed interpretation that doesn't necessarily fit the facts.

The obsession with the horse race also takes attention away from other aspects of politics -- such as public policy concerns and long-term demographic changes -- that lack the same drama but might have much more to tell us about where the nation is headed.

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