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Psaki’s Promise, Trump Debate Politics, & a CNN Low

One possible, momentary beacon of hope in television news’ long slide toward insignificance was Jen Psaki’s maiden voyage on MSNBC.
One possible, momentary beacon of hope in television news’ long slide toward insignificance was Jen Psaki’s maiden voyage on MSNBC. Photo: Gary Miller/WireImage
Dylan Byers
March 22, 2023

Even by the absurd and tragicomic standards of Trump-era American politics, the 2024 presidential race is off to an unconventional start. President Biden’s impending re-election campaign has been overshadowed by Democratic angst over his approval ratings, age, and running mate’s political abilities; Trump, the de facto Republican frontrunner, may effectively start his campaign in handcuffs upon indictment by a Manhattan grand jury; Ron DeSantis, still largely unproven nationally, is only just starting to spar with his aforementioned G.O.P. adversary, and may be more of a donor fantasy than real primary threat. Finally, but for Nikki Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy, most of the would-be candidates have yet to declare. We are heading toward campaign season, no doubt about it, but we seem to be slouching there, with no clarity about what the next nineteen-and-a-half months will look like. That’s tragic, politically, but it’s media gold.