Trusteconomy

John Sides blames the economy for Americans not trusting the government and produces the above graph. Drezner has a theory why this is under-reported:

I suspect it gets less attention because its a structural factor that is largely beyond the control of politicians.  It's also boring.  It's like a diet guru simply saying "eat less and exercise more" when asked what the trendy explanation is for how to lose weight.

And because it would rob the media of their idiotic sports coverage of politics - which is actually an abdication of responsibility rather than professionalism.

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