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Punditry Serves No Purpose →

Philip Butta conducts a great interview with Nate Silver for Chicago Magazine.  I could pull many great quotes from this, but I’ll limit myself to one:

How can you cover politics and not have any sense for where you think the truth lies in the problem? That disturbs me. A lot of journalism wants to have what they call objectivity without them having a commitment to pursuing the truth, but that doesn’t work. Objectivity requires belief in and a commitment toward pursuing the truth—having an object outside of our personal point of view.

The Death of Normal →

David Simon chimes in with some post-election thoughts.

Not Spontaneous →

Thanks to Twitter, I watched Karl Rove’s Fox News insanity live on Tuesday night.  While it was great, and widely (and rightly!) mocked on Wednesday, Peter Ames Carlin describes its rehearsed nature.

Crazy Irish Uncle →

Josh Marshall, in the aftermath of tonight’s Vice Presidential debate:

For reasons that are complicated and juvenile, during his vice presidency a caricature has emerged of Biden as some sort of Crazy Irish Uncle, gaffetastic and corny, a risible figure. That left people unprepared for what they saw tonight. Ryan was unprepared too. Biden’s actually one of sharpest guys in Washington and has been for decades.

I agree — I’ve been surprised for a while about how a good (and certainly fun!) SNL caricature has taken hold in the popular culture.

Concessions →

I was at a ballgame during the first Presidential debate last week.  I was initially disappointed about this, as I like to watch them, but I found the distance helpful.  It was interesting and even illuminating to watch it unfold from inside a baseball stadium — occasional glances at Twitter, reading some blogs after the fact and then a few highlights on whatever channel I might have been watching.

I wanted to mention this after reading Jay Rosen’s latest blog entry, which is linked in the title.  He’s writing about David Gregory’s summary of an SNL sketch about the debate, but it crystallized my own experience from afar: namely, that everyone simply conceded one candidate’s lies before the debate even began.

This certainly sums up my experience in having to follow the debate through others: Romney lied through his teeth, but won.  While I’m not surprised about that — I’ve come to expect as much — the consensus of it all was still bothersome.

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