The 2008 Presidential campaign trainwreck

Sep 10, 2008

Over the last two days the Presidential campaign imploded. The McCain campaign has gone completely Rovetastic. Obama’s caugt a virulent strain of foot-in-mouth disease. And don’t get me started on how the Palin pick has provided the media with a perfect excuse to avoid the hard task of talking about, you know, issues and, instead, to focus on triviality.

Meanwhile, the emerging contours of the horse race looks pretty much like a repeat of 2000 and 2004, with any net bump for McCain over Obama already gone from every national poll except for Gallup’s political crack daily tracking poll.

I can’t help thinking that we’ve crossed the Rubicon into the brave new world of politics as reality television. And it ain’t a pretty sight.

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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.