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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Gee our old LaSalle ran great

While researching something else, happened to run across this 1997 Seattle Weekly profile of Linda Smith.
Indeed, the current fashion in politics-with partisan animosities being replaced by a broader-based distrust of the government in general-shines a positive light on Smith's outsider persona. So do many in the media. The Seattle Times' 1994 endorsement of Smith reflected such delight in her brash incorruptibility and impolitic willingness to actually say something that the Times' editors all but admitted they didn't much care what her politics were.
If I could make up a word, it would be "putri-fawning," as in "The world of editorial journalamism was putri-fawning over Linda Smith in much the same way it would later putri-fawn over Dave Reichert, despite the superficial differences between the candidates in time and demeanor."

Look, editorialists. Policy matters. Glib, unthinking endorsements of shallow people don't do anyone any good, even if you get to play cute games. Stop it before 2008 already, it's been like 20 years. We're in two wars. Stop it.

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