Perhaps the end of the hype cycle?
April 16, 2008 2:39 PM Subscribe
posted by psmealey (282 comments total)
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The week started off in classic campaign form: a report
of remarks made by Obama
percolated through the media
and came to dominate the news cycle. In typically circular fashion, the exhaustive coverage came to provide its own justification, as journalists covered the controversy
that they had largely created...
But a funny thing happened on the way to the forum
in Philadelphia. It turns out that despite the fuss, the remarks have had no discernable impact on the levels of support enjoyed by either candidate. We've had seven Pennsylvania polls
released over the past two days, and not one
shows a statistically significant gain for Hillary.
... all too often, the relentless focus on controversy
serves to reinforce a superficial narrative that obscures the underlying forces and concerns that actually drive voter behavior
. And that's a shame