American Idols

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce celebrates with Taylor Swift after defeating the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game on January 28, 2024, in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The difference between The Dispatch and every other publication in America is that our editors beg us not to find excuses to write about Taylor Swift.

We’re a sober source of political news and commentary, they reminded me this morning. We don’t chase shiny objects or seek to optimize our search engine results. We’re above such things.

That’s true. We are. But I am not.

Not yet, at least. When you spend 16 years, day and night, blogging every breaking news story that might conceivably be mentioned around an office watercooler, you develop a certain Pavlovian response to buzz. That response is slowly being conditioned out of me since joining the staff here, but an old dog takes time to learn new tricks.

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