A policy of ideals is incompatible with the political horse race

WESTMINSTER WEST — Elayne Clift's piece encapsulated perfectly what's happening. The media's portrayal of the us-versus-them playbook ends up normalizing what should be abnormal.

No historical contexts - or, more importantly, no policy positions - that emerge from a framework of ideals based on helping people can come from the “horse race” mentality.

The power of media will certainly define the Democratic field. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, for example, is such a creation. A good-government-and-transparency-policy person takes a back seat to the most recent personal iteration that is pushed by media.

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