Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Democrats' Groundhog Day

"Somebody, please make it stop," Dana Milbank pleads in this morning's Washington Post.

"This time it's Pennsylvania--home of Punxsutawney Phil, the rodent made famous by the movie 'Groundhog Day,' in which Bill Murray is forced to relive the same day, over and over. So it is with the Democratic Party in this never-ending campaign season."

For old-movie fans, Milbank also finds echoes of "Godfather III," with the headline, "Just When You Think They're Out, They Keep Getting Pulled Back In."

Barack Obama is no Bill Murray and Hillary Clinton bears no resemblance to Al Pacino, but the Post columnist has a point. Isn't it time to stop the reruns and show us something new?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My take is this: the endless reruns are the fault of the media, not the candidates.

Other than pure laziness, why did MSNBC's prime time programs devote 95% of their time to the -- yes, yes -- horse race aspects of the campaign over the past 6 weeks? Five or 10 minutes a night would have been fine. The balance of the airtime could have been devoted to, god forbid, the candidates' (including McCain) stances on critical policy issues, maybe even profiles of the respective campaigns' policy advisors (who sometimes morph into cabinet secretaries post election). But no, every frickin' night it's the same script.