Which City Are We In? Trail Takes Toll on Press, Too

18 months takes a toll on weary and addicted journalists
By Victoria Floethe,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2008 7:44 PM CDT
Which City Are We In? Trail Takes Toll on Press, Too
CNN political correspondent Candy Crowley has had enough of the campaign trail.   (Getty Images)

If you think you're tired of the election, just think about the reporters who've lived it nonstop for nearly two years. CNN's Candy Crowley tells the New Republic she falls asleep between events, pines for a mundane life and trips to the supermarket, and even resorts to leaving herself notes on which time zone she's in. New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny hasn't seen a movie in a year and is "looking forward to getting reacquainted with civilians."

The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza describes the Obama plane as a "Lord of the Flies" situation, with all the reporters a "little grumpy and territorial." But some, like Politico's Ben Smith, are so addicted to the “pace and metabolism” of a blogger's life, they can't stop. "It's a little pathological," he admits. Hendrik Hertzberg also will miss the campaign: "If the election were always a week away and I was feeling fairly good about it, that would be nice—sort of like Groundhog Day."
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