Media Nightmare: GOP Zaniness Bound to Fade

Ho hum as crazies exit, writes Howard Kurtz
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2012 1:59 AM CST
Media Nightmare Looms: GOP Zaniness Fades
Things are about to get a lot less hectic on the campaign trail.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Mitt Romney's back-to-back victories have left the media facing their worst nightmare: A boring White House race, writes Howard Kurtz. It looks like the colorful characters are on their way out, few make-or-break primaries lie ahead, and reporters may soon have nothing to cover but a long eight months of President Obama grappling with the "steady, measured and cautious" Mitt Romney, Kurtz warns at the Daily Beast.

Will the lack of excitement force the media to take a longer look at the issues? Not likely, says Kurtz, noting that in 2011, entitlement reform and Wall Street regulation took a backseat to Donald Trump's birther charges, Herman Cain's women, and Sarah Palin's bus tours. "A lengthy campaign featuring Romney and Obama (with maybe Paul hanging on for awhile) will inevitably shift into a lower gear as story lines become predictable, and ordinary Americans turn to sports and sitcoms for their entertainment," Kurtz concludes. (More Election 2012 stories.)

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