I think you're right, Bob. A two-way runoff will of course be bad for Democrats in general, but it will also be bad for Cal Cunningham. Who comes to vote in that special ballot? Older people. And who will older people vote for? Elaine Marshall.
Sorry Cal Cunningham. We barely knew ya...
Thanks for the comments, folks, but I'll stand by what I wrote.
To address elle's points:
2. I'm not sure which Tancredo quote you're referring to as "wrong," but I'd be happy to compare notes to see if you think you have the "right" quote. I have notes and a recording of most everything I reported here.
3. The auditorium chant was hard to understand. I took "education not deportation" from comments of participants after the event and the chancellor's statement. Perhaps everybody wasn't on the same page there, as to what the chant was supposed to be.
4. There was most certainly chanting in the auditorium (see previous).
5. What did you want? An SDS press release? There were multiple points of view expressed at that event. Just because I quote Mr Tancredo and don't just parrot your point of view doesn't mean I'm endorsing him.
6. Yep, I was there. It would have been hard for me to take pictures from home. And no, I'm not embarrassed. I wouldn't write something that embarrassed me, and certainly wouldn't attach my real name to it.
We are no fans of Tom Tancredo at the Indy and certainly not of YWC. I can't imagine how you would think we were, given the content of this article. My best guess is that you just can't stand to hear or read something you disagree with. As wrong as many of Tancredo's views are, at least he was open to debate.
We're aware of Kerry Sutton's DWI - we do run background checks on candidates, and she voluntarily supplied that information on her questionnaire. A DWI is something to take seriously, but we felt that her work since that time shows that she's grown and learned from her mistakes. We firmly believe people can and do change. And though I'm not sure how a list could be "maudlin," Kerry Sutton's record of public advocacy, volunteerism and legal experience seems pretty relevant to the responsibilities of a judge. Plus, she has the full support of every legal professional and organization we contacted about this endorsement. We're not alone in considering her to be the best choice on the ballot for that seat.
I appreciate Mr Hall's comments. I think a few clarifications are in order. First, he is correct that Judge Parker used public funds. However, she outspent her opponent to the tune of $100,000 over the course of the election season (the correction was made in the print and online editions of the story). Damon Circosta's quote was not taken out of context - His organization lobbied heavily for the current system, and he supports it. And though 39 states do elect local-level judges, most use either merit selection or gubernatorial or legislative appointments to select state-level judges. The story's major concern, in case that wasn't clear, was not whether public financing of judicial elections is a good idea. It was whether judicial elections themselves are a good idea. I don't believe they are.
Thanks for the comment. Feel free to send it over to letters to the editor for consideration for publication in the print edition. Our endorsement for Kerry Sutton was based off multiple off-record interviews with lawyers and other legally minded folks in the Triangle. But of course we couldn't speak with everyone, so we're glad to hear other viewpoints.
Thanks for the comments. The story does not state that Islamic extremism and pushing the Bible into schools are morally equivalent. The implication as well is unintentional. In fact, many of the Muslim groups that Rep Myrick has attacked, such as CAIR, are seen as mainstream and moderate.
Good article, as usual, but I'm not satisfied with your characterization of Beck's fans. You seem to think--as do many progressives--that the only reason people would tune in to Beck and his ilk is pure stupidity. I'm not so sure. I would imagine that part of the appeal of Beck and Co. is the farce known as the modern mass media, and the calamity of our national government. People are looking for someone--anyone--who seems real. Insects like Beck don't just pop out of nowhere for the entertainment of idiots (Hollywood supplies plenty of that).
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