How transfixed, you ask? Out of the eleven stories on the First Read's front page at the time of writing, only three aren't related to the campaign. And two of those three relate to the Obama campaign for president in 2012. As a comparison, let's look at the Wisconsin State Journal's "Daily politics briefing," which has enough resemblance to a blog, and yet isn't in a position to focus on the GOP race. It has eight stories, and three relate to elections. One relates to redistricting for the state legislature and the other two relate to.
I'm not blaming First Read for its focus on the campaign. I'm blaming it for focusing on the campaign at the exclusion of everything else. Certainly, MSNBC has a general politics section, which picks up some of the slack. But don't people want to hear about what politicians are doing when they're not campaigning, but governing?