Walter Russell Mead, killjoy:
Unless you are a political operative or somebody angling to get an appointment in the next Republican administration, you could safely ignore every word written about the GOP contest up until this point without being any less well informed about the important things going on in the country and the world.
I say that without heat, by the way: speaking as a political operative – actually, I am offended by that term. I am a partisan hack, damn your eyes* – I’ll be one of the first to admit that the primary season goes on for far, far, far too long. But it’s how we set things up, and people seem to be happy to keep doing it this way… while all the time complaining bitterly about having to keep doing it this way. Whaddya going to do, cry in your beer?
*You’d be amazed how empowering it is to be free to say that. I know far too many people in this business who simply can’t admit that, even to themselves. And it keeps them down.