Over the next 10 months, the race for the Republican nomination will become the chief political story in America, and that will affect the contours of the general election. We even started seeing it yesterday, with Palin, Pawlenty, and Bachmann taking center stage.
The economy, jobs, the budget etc will have to take a backseat as the media breathlessly cover the horse race and every move Sarah Palin makes. For fuck's sake, this isn't a sporting event. We've got a totally dysfunctional economy with the middle class bleeding, an endless stream of foreclosures, a war on teachers and public education while Wall Street and corporate America legally evade taxes and rack up record profits and a race between interchangeable candidates who dare not buck the party line to see who runs against Obama is the story that will consume all the attention of the media.
Republicans are what they are, only more so these days but the media, who should know better, are a total disgrace.