THE COMPLETE RANGE OF POLITICAL ANALYSIS MOST AMERICANS SEE
At Fox, everybody hates Congress and look whose fault it is:
I guess they made her Speaker again! Whatever happened, she's to blame!
And then you go over to CBS and you get this from Bob Schieffer:
Forget who is at fault. They all are for letting it go this far. Both sides are so determined to undermine the other that they can't even figure out how to do something they both want: Extend the payroll tax cut.
Right now it's so obvious who's at fault that even ordinary Americans can figure it out. But they'll never hear that perception validated by anyone in the mass-audience media. It's always either "Democrats suck" (Fox, talk radio) or "everyone sucks" (everybody else). Only the tiny minority of Americans who read lefty blogs or watch MSNBC prime time or read Krugman will ever have an insider telling them that what they think they see is exactly what's going on. And so everyone else just starts assuming that the non-lefty experts must be right. And that's why I'm skeptical that any tilt away from the GOP on the part of the public can really be sustained.