Leslie Savan blogs for The Nation about media and politics. A three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist for her Village Voice column about advertising, Savan is the author of Slam Dunks and No-Brainers: Pop Language in Your Life, the Media, and, Like…Whatever and The Sponsored Life: Ads, TV, and American Culture. She has been widely published, including in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, New York, Mother Jones, and Huffington Post. She has appeared frequently on TV and radio, and is very happy to be a talking head in Helvetica, a film about the font.
The Tea Party may be disappearing along with Glenn Beck’s mug on the TV, but fear of it still rules the political class.
Johnson’s “shovel-ready jobs” joke has been around the block a time or two.
The MSM’s fear of looking like “brie-eating surrender monkeys” drives them to support neo-con wars and stage Tea Party rallies.
We keep asking the same question about the president as if for the first time, in a sort of liberal’s version of 50 First Dates.
Now that Democrats have finally found a killer catchphrase, will they be afraid to use it?
By letting the GOP set the terms of the debate (just like in Iraq!), Beltway media can overlook reality.