Media vs. Republican base
September 8, 2011 6 Comments
As you’ve gathered, I had better things to do last night than watch the debate (I went with reading Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh to my oldest followed up by watching a PBS documentary on construction of the 9/11 Memorial). I don’t have better things to do, though, than to read interesting post-debate commentary. The insight I like best so far belongs to Chait:
Yet Perry, stylistically, ruled the roost. The media seems to consider Romney the winner. Pardon the condescension, but they’re not thinking like Republican base voters. Romney approaches every question as if he is in an actual debate, trying to provide the most intellectually compelling answer available, within the bounds of political expediency. Perry treats questions as interruptions. What scientists do you trust on climate change? I don’t want to risk the economy. Are you taking a radical position on social security? We can have reasons or we can have results. His total liberation from the constraints of reason [emphasis mine] give Perry a chance to represent the Republican id in a way Romney simply cannot match.
That strikes me as about right. I think we can be quite confident that your average political journalist does not think at all like a GOP base voter. In fact, most sane people don’t.