Since the start of the U.S. campaign cycle, political reporters have bemoaned the hostility, the utter joylessness, and the lack of big ideas from the candidates. And last weekend, Mark Leibovich
, chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine summed it up in a piece called "Feel the Loathing on the Campaign Trail
." Leibovitch spoke to Brent about his experiences covering the campaign and the recent Republican and Democratic Conventions. Photo by Marc Serota, Getty Images News.