To the Journal, Romney’s summer lull allowed Obama to “define the Republican candidate on its terms.” Never mind that he had already defined himself in the primaries.

While it’s fun to get down into the weeds to see how the politicos think, journalists have to step back to look at the bigger picture. The machinations matter much, much less than the big stuff.

 

Ryan Chittum is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and deputy editor of The Audit, CJR's business section. If you see notable business journalism, give him a heads-up at rc2538@columbia.edu.