Archive for July 7th, 2009

Editorial: Do Congressmen Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt support John Cornyn’s effort to elect Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio?

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009


In the state of Florida, there is a national battle over the future of the Republican party.

Yesterday, The Washington Times wrote this about the primary race between Florida Governor Charlie Crist and former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio:  “Florida a bellwether for rebranding.”

The Florida seat is an open one, with no incumbent.  Current Sen. Mel Martinez is retiring.  While Crist would like to pretend to be the incumbent, he is not.

In the Florida primary, it’s all about spending and taxing, issues that are not typically considered to be “controversial” issues with the Republican party of the past 25 years.  But, since about 1998, DC Republicans have gradually lost their way, so much so that party elites now consider higher taxes and wasteful spending to be mainstream; reformers are considered to be “too conservative.” Governor Crist represents the modern party only in the sense that modern party leaders are out of touch with the voters and have led Republicans into an unnecessarily small minority status in Washington. (more…)

Editorial: Our poll results — Mike Hendricks will be the next news columnist to lose his job at The Kansas City Star

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

A month ago, on June 3, we invited readers to participate in an unscientific poll on the future of Mike Hendricks and other Kansas City Star news columnists, in light of The Star’s difficult financial circumstances.

The results and accompanying graphs:

  • 75% of respondents thought that Mike Hendricks will be the next columnist to go.
  • If it’s not Hendricks to be the next columnist to lose his job, there was a tie for the second most likely outcome.  Out of 26 votes:
    • 7 (27%) thought that it would be Mary Sanchez’s column.
    • 7 (27%) thought that The Star will again become profitable, making future news columnist lay-offs unnecessary.
  • Out of 17 votes, 82% think that the next columnist to go will be a white person, regardless of the column’s readership level or other form of merit.
  • Assuming that The Star discounts merit in favor of race-based decisions, our 12 voters were 50-50 on whether The Star considers Jason Whitlock to be equally as black as other black employees, or if McClatchy/Star decision-makers think, as a negative, that Whitlock acts in a manner that is too “white” for a black man.
View the bar graphs after the fold: (more…)