Schlock. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest shatters box-office records by grossing $258 million in its first 10 days—despite being panned almost universally by critics. Will political journalists, disparaging Democratic efforts for November midterms, be similarly confounded? Don't bet on it.
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