Thomas E. Man and Norman J. Ornstein in It’s Even Worse Than It Looks:

The second [of two sources of dysfunction in current American politics] is the fact that, however awkward it may be for the traditional press and nonpartisan analysts to acknowledge, one of the two major parties, the Republican Party, has become an insurgent outlier—ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence, and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition.  When one party moves this far from the center of American politics, it is extremely difficult to enact policies responsive to the country’s most pressing challenges.

Yes, it tells us what anyone who is paying attention already knows. Might I suggest that those of us who do know start insisting, in any way possible (and legal), that the damned press start telling us the truth? I mean, they’re dying, but at least they should want to go out with with some tattered sense of pride for what they once were.

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