‘Cliff’ hysteria is made-for-TV
As yet another make-believe Washington “crisis” looms, it’s tempting to suspect that the most fraught interludes in American politics derive from turning government into a TV show.
Artificial deadlines, imaginary cliffs, villains and heroes — a state of permanent emergency. These well-worn dramatic devices have been the stuff of serial melodrama from “The Perils of Pauline” through “24.”
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