For years and years, anyone who tuned in to America's Sunday morning political chat shows was invited into a world of cloistered elites whose understanding of the impacts of public policy ended at the bank of the Potomac River. It was a realm in which a massive unemployment crisis that swept across post-crash America was only perceived to affect a group of affluent political celebrities and their electoral hopes. 'Will the terrible Senator What's-His-Nuts lose his ability to go on naming post offices after his cronies' children, or will he be forced to accept six-figure salaries on K Street or through meaningless board positions at useless foundations?'
Felt searingly throughout the nation, and especially so in isolated pockets, concern over the unemployment crisis seems to be largely declining inside the Beltway bubble, and many have blamed President Obama and a polarized Congress for that. But perhaps the party that's really to blame for the disconnect on unemployment isn't our politicians, but a group of people who rarely get mentioned but who most definitely reside within the same bubble: the Beltway media.