Josh Marshall continues to call the NRCC on its attempts to distance Republicans from the term “privitization” in regard some current Social Security policies. I mentioned this issue a few days ago. Today, Marshall concludes:
“Now, clearly this whole exercise can quickly degenerate into ridiculous word games. But that’s precisely the point. House Republicans are afraid to discuss their Social Security policies. (As one of the NRCC’s recent internal polling reports put it, “Successful implementation of inoculation and response strategy [on Social Security] serves only to limit erosion — not going to get any sort of clear ‘win’.”) So they’re resorting to a weird mix of game-playing and lies to muddy the waters and stop anyone from taking them to task over their support of an unpopular policy. Every political reporter knows this is true. This same trick is going to be pulled in race after race. Will anyone call them on it”?
Such word play is not confined to Republicans. The struggle to define is the core political struggle. Marshall, however, points out a far more important problem for citizens: lack of news coverage. It seems like a no-brainer that this situation is news. And it has all the necessary plot elements for political drama as understood through the structural biases of journalism. But it also has something that turns political reporters off: policy. There