Peter Suderman on the Petty, Empty Spectacle of the 2014 Election


With just two weeks until election day, the most striking thing about the 2014 midterm may be how petty and substance-free it is. No major policy issue has defined this election; no major legislation is immediately at stake.

It is possible to find candidates talking about a variety of policy issues—Obamacare, the minimum wage, immigration, the Export-Import bank, and more—but for the most part the focus for both parties is not on what they would do, but what they wouldn't, not who they are, but who they aren't.

It's an election about nothing, writes Reason Senior Editor Peter Suderman, except, perhaps, which side one hates the most.