Summer is normally a drowsy, dull time in the news business. Papers struggle on a diet of shark sightings and weather stories, waiting for things to pick up after Labor Day. But this summer was different.
As the White House Correspondents' Dinner reliably demonstrates, performance is the new politics. By tapping comedy, drama and other forms of storytelling influencers can access strategies they'd normally never employ.
Tea Partiers want to cut the favorite target of conservatives -- "entitlements." The only problem with that is that most folks don't call these programs "entitlements," most folks call them "my Social Security check."