. . . Sunday October 17, 2004

All Politics is Localized

Turnout should be huge in November. The public seems consumed by the country’s top political race. There is no doubt that we are seeing (at least for the moment) less Michael Jackson and less Mark Peterson.

But here’s the rub.

Last night I watched a C-span recording of a Pennsylvania senatorial debate. A few nights ago, I watched Chris Matthews interview college kids prior to the third debate. And this morning, I read through many excerpts from newspaper endorsements of one presidential candidate or the other.

And in each case, the issues focused on were the same. And in each case – including the interviews with the college kids – the talking points were almost identical.

We now have more voices, but fewer viewpoints.

For all I know, you already read this same take on about thirty other blogs…

Concentration is important!