New York Magazine’s Daily Intel has a helpful post about possible pundit narratives. Either the anti-incumbent wrath is HUGE or the anti-incumbent rage is OVERBLOWN. Who knows? Who cares?
And yet our media’s addiction to narrative is so pernicious that it even infects the way we run local campaigns. Rather than focusing on local issues, small individual House races become national events a la NY-23 or PA-12. Maybe, just maybe, the election is about people in the district voting for the candidate who they believe best represents their district’s issues.
As Daniel Larison points out, those who choose to ignore local politics in hopes of drawing in a national narrative are mistaken.
With such a mixed bag of results, the media has to tell some sort of overarching narrative even if none exists. Honestly, aren’t the nitty-gritty details of these races more interesting than any “big picture”?