Political Animal


October 24, 2012 3:16 PM When the Story/Narrative/Arc Ends

By Ed Kilgore

It was dispiriting for me yesterday to write a post defending the MSM from accusations they were throwing the election to Mitt Romney with their excitement over the story/narrative/arc of Mitt’s Big Comeback—on grounds that actual voters are affected a lot less by this stuff than many panicked progressives imagine, at least in a close election.

But that doesn’t mean the herdthink of a lot of political coverage and the remarkably superficial analysis even of the pure horse-race data doesn’t bug me, a lot, as it should you. And that’s why here at the Washington Monthly, we’ve commissioned a film about a very different tradition of political journalism that our founder, Charles Peters, instilled in a whole generation of writers. We need a little more help in finishing the editing, so please take a look at the trailer and if at all possible, contribute what you can to make sure How Washington Works: Charlie Peters and His Times gets an extensive viewing.

Watch the Charlie Project trailer

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Hue and Cry on October 24, 2012 5:49 PM:

    Smart, astute, and solid. Moves along with consequence.
    In awe of the black and white photo use!