Thursday, October 11, 2012
Remember what I said yesterday and last week about the importance of the media narrative in determining who comes out on top in the presidential race?
Steve Kornacki over at Salon is echoing my sentiment pretty closely (minus the profanity and general cynicism about the entire process).
Behold, his thoughts on tonight's VP debate:
"It gets more interesting if a consensus emerges that one candidate clearly won. The reason has to do less with anything specific that might be said and more with with the larger narratives that the political media uses to interpret the race.
The danger for Democrats is that Biden is deemed the loser, which would result in a wave of stories about how for the second time in eight days the Democratic ticket was shown up in front of tens of millions of viewers. At least some of the frustration and panic that marked the left’s reaction to Obama’s performance would be revived, while Republicans – who mostly stopped their public second-guessing of Romney after Denver – would rally even stronger behind their nominees. This would feed and prolong the media narrative that has so far helped Romney sustain his post-debate momentum for a week."
Just like Romney did last week, Biden can help to change the narrative in a near-instant tonight, causing everyone to once again pivot in an entirely new direction. That's just how things work these days. It's frustrating and stupid, but that's the way it is.