>The arbitrariness of the turn in coverage also struck me.
>One gets the feeling that Paula's "Big Cigars" said O.K.,
>Bush is likely to use up more of the surplus. The
>are over; it's time to start chopping him up.
Journalists also need something to write and talk about. If there's no horserace, they might have to cover substance, and that's the last thing they want to be troubled with.