QUOTE OF THE DAY….From Brendan Nyhan, commenting on yesterday’s hyperbolic New York Times story about continuing racial divisions in the United States:

Shorter New York Times: Barack Obama hasn’t magically healed racial divide in the US. He’s been the Democratic nominee for more than a month. What is he waiting for?

There’s no question that Obamamania was a real phenomenon during the primaries, but the press magnified it into something way bigger than it ever was and then ended up believing their own hype. That’s how we end up with stories like this.