I am totally down with this Jack Shafer article on the inanity of whining about the inanity of "horse race coverage" in Presidential elections. I mean, hell, it's the only substantive coverage. Partisans who want the press to talk about the "issues" really mean that they want positive propaganda on their candidate's plan to return hope to the mantle of change and change to the belly of progress and progress to the lives of our children and our children to the future, where the little fuckers belong. I mean, Mitt Romney supports abortion and does not support abortion, loves gays and hates gays. Hillary Clinton is for the war in Iraq and against the war in Iraq. Their supposedly substantive utterances are entirely exigent--starless and fatherless, a dark water. They reflect the value of the Universal Whatever, the Categorical Eh.