Reporter's Note: The presidential election continues to heat up with tomorrow’s big Republican primary in Florida. Although, honestly, I can think of a lot of better things to go to Florida for.
Dear Mr. President,
I am sitting in my office eating a most excellent apple and frankly not giving a hoot about the election at this moment. We have months ahead jammed full of ads, attacks, press conferences, and public appearances. We’ll have debates, tractor pulls, baby kissings, and all manner of campaign silliness. And you know, today, I just can’t endure thinking about it.
So I’m eating an apple and looking out the window.
Part of the trouble is that I went for two excellent runs this weekend. Fourteen miles on Saturday and another seven on Sunday. I saw several enjoyable movies, and one truly awful one. The one I liked best was Midnight In Paris, which I’ve been trying to see for ages. The one that reeked like day old road kill…well, I won’t say. I know that there are plenty of people who just love this movie and I don’t want to make them feel bad. But the acting was horrible, the directing not worthy of even being called such, and the overall effect was dreadful. Strangely enough, there were people near us in the theater who were weeping aloud. My wife and I were crying too, but only because we bought tickets to such tripe.
That aside, it was a nice weekend, and accordingly it’s hard to come back to the meat grinder of election coverage. Sometimes (ok, most times) the things that you political types prattle about all day seem as disconnected from real life as reality TV.
In short, you can’t blame me for enjoying an apple and ignoring the whole circus for a while. It is, after all, not like it is going away.
“The bottom line: Regardless of the message the Romney campaign wants to push and the media wants to deliver, this race is just getting started.” - memo from Michael Baker, Gingrich campaign political director, January 30.
I woke up this morning to an “internal campaign memo” mass-blasted to reporters that talked the long game and proportional delegate count. It all just felt so....familiar.
You may have heard that Republicans decided the 2008 Democratic death match was such a great idea, they’ve changed their delegate apportionment rules to increase the odds of this kind of state-by-state slog. Ron Paul’s been pledging one for a while now. And early this morning, that “internal memo” from Newt Gingrich campaign’s political director laid out his team’s road map of the months ahead. For a road that runs through Super Tuesday and March, and leads to the April vote in Texas and beyond.
So my first reaction was a PTSD flash to the period four years ago when those of us in the Political Unit went five months without a single full day off (cue tiny violins). My second thought, once the queasiness wore off: Huzzah! More frequent flier miles for everyone. I know one producer who earned enough points last time around for a free three-week vacation.
But as appealing as the thought of Puerto Rico in March might be (A note to my boss: they vote March 18. I think we should embed now and beat the rush), this isn’t 2008.
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