Notes december 17, 2007
December 17, 2007 § Leave a comment
The future of GardenWorld depends in part on leadership. But the press is uninterested in leadership on issues. Its gotta be a football game. Talking Points Memo
Several political reporters covering the presidential campaign seem to have that down pat. The Washington Post’s Anne Kornblut, for example, explained on MSNBC in October:
“I have to say we in the media are spoiling for a fight. Usually we are biased in favor of a good tussle at about this point. … I wouldn’t be surprised if somewhere between now and January 3, now that we know that’s when the Iowa caucuses are going to be, to see some kind of reverse, some kind of Obama surge or an Edwards surge. Something that is going to knock Hillary down a few pegs. Whether it’s a media creation, or something that actually happens on the ground. I would be shocked if there were nothing like that.”
It sounds like a healthy first step. Kornblut identified a common media problem — the media likes to manufacture a fight, and take down a frontrunner whether the facts warrant it or not.
But as Greg Sargent explained today, it’s the second step that seems to be the trouble:
[P]undits and commentators have a strange and widespread tendency to talk about their profession’s collective failings — but without displaying any desire to change them, without showing any awareness that these failings could be changed with a little effort, and even without betraying any awareness or concern that they themselves might be contributing to the problem.
From Steve Clemmons,The Washington Note
But while I want Hillary Clinton to get more creative (and Nixonian, in the good sense) in looking at foreign policy deal-making through a different lens, particularly on Israel/Palestine matters and Cuba — which are important opportunities to telegraph change in America’s posture to the rest of the world — I want to commend the fact that she does work every aspect of the legislative machinery and knows these policy issues well.
The view that there are cycles in US politics, which I agree to, and have written that this keeps real change from happening. Another persepctive on this issue.Matthew Kohut The Coming Liberal Cycle – Politics on The Huffington Post
The article includes this plea, to my ear, for something like GardenWorld
Assuming the public is ready, can one of these candidates articulate a coherent vision to lead the country into a new era? All of them come armed with plans: plans for health care, plans for troop withdrawal from Iraq, plans for restoring the middle class. But standard bearers bring more than an armful of three-ring binders to the Oval Office: they bring an overarching concept of the role government should play to address the challenges of the day. One defining characteristic of the age of insecurity is our interdependence on others. We are tied to a relentlessly competitive global economy that creates winners and losers among us. We face global threats like terrorism, pandemics, and environmental catastrophes. We are at the mercy of increasingly tight global markets for oil and gas. Our insecurities are also home grown, of course, as health care and the subprime mortgage meltdown spell disaster for increasing numbers of Americans. The politician who can synthesize these problems within a big picture and offer a positive way forward is the one who may become the next standard bearer.