Josh Green has an interesting theory on the Rand Paul implosion:
The second point, which gets directly to why Rand Paul is suddenly flailing, is that the local Kentucky media–in particular the newspapers, and especially the flagship Louisville Courier-Journal–has been decimated by job cuts, as has happened across the country. This came up several times in discussions with Kentucky politicos and local journalists. The reason it matters is that because there is no longer a healthy, aggressive press corps–and no David Yepson-type dean of political journalists–candidates don’t run the same kind of gauntlet they once did. They’re not challenged by journalists. And since voters aren’t as well informed as they once were (many are “informed” in the sense of having strongly held views about all manner of things–they’re just not “well informed”), they can’t challenge the candidates either.
Thus, when Rand Paul appeared on “Maddow” and the other shows, I expect he was prepared to offer the same sermon I heard on the trail. Problem is, he was encountering an aggressive, experienced press corps that appropriately had its own agenda and was eager to challenge Paul to elaborate on his views.
I must admit that, when I first heard the “diminished local press corps” theory of why Paul was skating by, I was not entirely convinced. I’m a lot more persuaded now, and as much as I’d have liked to see him Sunday on “Meet the Press,” I think he probably made a wise move in backing out.
Is there anyone out there who honestly thinks that David Gregory has the chops to aggressively confront Rand Paul in the same manner that Maddow did? Anyone? And if so, have you seen David Gregory in action? Do you recall Gregory aggressively confronting anyone who has spewed bullshit on his show, ever?
Senile Senator John McCain is on MTP almost every other week- do you remember any of his insane ramblings being shot down?
David Gregory can’t take the time to be informed enough to casually do what Maddow did. He’s too busy pushing a he-said she-said both sides do it narrative, and doesn’t really think the issues are important- the horse race is what matters. That is the problem with our current beltway media- everyone wants to announce the race, but no one knows anything about the sport or the horse.