Some Democrat consultant on Fox News yesterday predicted that the news of the indictment of Rick Perry was going to hurt him because come election time all voters will remember will be the headline. He's probably right. Elections are decided on things like name recognition, headline recollection, and Saturday Night Live jokes.
The main stream media is helping the Democrats -- no surprise there. Take a look at the front page of yesterday's morning paper here in Midland, Texas. There's the headline, but it's not just that. Anyone who reads down into the article sees that the victim of Governor Perry's alleged illegal veto threat was not just a drunk driving District Attorney. She was head of the division that obtained the conviction of Tom DeLay.
Here's the rest of the story. Tom DeLay's conviction was overturned on appeal. That's an extremely important part of the story suggesting that the whole effort was politically motivated, just like Tom DeLay said all along. But that part was omitted from the article. News like that was so under-reported that even the Associated Press doesn't know it. So how in the world is the low information voter to know about it?
The Democrat on Fox News was right. The headline is the only thing that matters.