I’ve said this before only, like, a thousand times, but at least the hotshots in our national punditry are starting to notice:
The primaries have been great for the economy. Dimwitted billionaires are dumping money they don’t need into the campaigns of people who can’t win, providing much-needed jobs for ad-writers, poll-takers and yard-sign manufacturers.
Yes but it gets even better. It’s not just the primaries, it’s everything. We have a permanent campaign culture now, and it’s been an enormous boon to the media. You’d have to be an idiot not to connect the dots between the news coverage stoking partisan outrage about this or that thing, the e-mails flooding your inbox from political parties and advocacy groups asking for money to stop (or support) that thing, and the ads about that thing running on local, national and cable news channels. A cynic might say they’d planned it that way, and it’s just too easy to say that money is the whole problem when the media is the one who controls the message and profits from the partisanship.
Seriously, Americans need to get a new hobby.