The Iowa caucuses tonight provide an early glimpse into the will of the Republican electorate, and will provide grist for at least a few days of analysis before the focus shifts entirely to New Hampshire’s primary a week from today. News organizations will look to bring on people with special insight into the Republican primary race and the GOP electorate in order to give their audiences the best possible analysis, and they won’t be shy about promoting their special guests, either. Politico is no exception, although their idea of “special” probably differs from yours and mine. Politico’s morning e-mail blast included this curious promotion of tonight’s coverage:
TUNE IN TONIGHT: Mike Allen hosts POLITICO’s livestream special coverage of the Iowa caucuses from Des Moines beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The show will feature instant analysis from POLITICOs, appearances by DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other special guests and live results. Watch here: http://www.politico.com/livestream AND check out our pre-game show at Noon ET featuring POLITICO’s John Harris, Charles Mahtesian and Jonathan Martin.
Let me get this straight. Their headliner for tonight — the one they want to promote to demonstrate how their coverage will best the competition — is the hacktastic chair of the other party, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Who are the other “special guests”? Michael Moore? Bill Maher? Janeane Garofalo?
If you’re inclined to watch Debbie Downer’s analysis of a Republican caucus, presumably for the humor quotient, then be sure to play the Debbie Drinking Game while you do. Chug your drink when Wasserman Schultz offers up these cogent points about Republicans:
- Republicans wanting to “literally drag us back to Jim Crow days“
- Refusing to increase spending amounts to something “almost like dictatorship“
- Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform will “throw you to the wolves”
- Ryan’s overall budget amounts to a “death trap for seniors” and “a tornado through nursing homes“
- But Republicans should stop “demonizing their opponents“
You’ll be drunk by the second commercial break … which is probably the only defense mechanism that will get you through it.