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The midterm results were not just a rejection of Obama, but of America’s entire ruling meritocracy—a reaction fuelled by a wilful, power-hungry media

By Philip Bobbitt   December 2010

TV presenter Jon Stewart at his Rally to Restore Sanity in October: “The press is our immune system. If it overreacts to everything we eventually get sicker”

The questions arising from the midterms in the US look very different the farther one gets away from Washington. Within the Beltway, the results are parsed according to their significance for Obama’s administration, and the polarisation of congress that seared the first two years of Obama’s presidency. Yet from the remove of several thousand miles, it seems something more fundamental is happening than simply the ebb and flow of party politics.


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