My first reaction was to think, well of course, doing endorsements right is hard work and the Sun-Times doesn’t have the staff for it any longer. But the editorial promised to keep up the grunt work: “We will post candidate questionnaires online. We will interview candidates in person and post the videos online…
“What we will not do is endorse candidates.”
One was the South Carolina primary. But to make matters even worse, said the Tribune, "the Iowa Republican Party, after saying just days ago that the Jan. 3 caucuses were inconclusive, issued a statement overnight declaring that Rick Santorum had, indeed, won. Romney had initially held an eight-vote lead, but certified totals released Thursday put Santorum ahead by nearly three dozen votes."
And in the Sunday Sun-Times: "Santorum, in a belated decision announced Saturday, beat Romney in Iowa after all."
A new "winner." A new "loser." A dramatic reversal. You can't beat it for excitement.
As pundits discuss the troubling behavior revealed in recent videos, they cannot help but wonder about the videos themselves: Why do they exist?
Last November, New York Times reviewer Fred Kaplan began his critique of George F. Kennan: An American Life by observing, “This may be the most long-awaited single-volume biography ever.” The author, John Lewis Gaddis of Yale, was a “renowned cold war historian.” Kennan, an American diplomat who’d died in 2005 at the age of 101, was “the author of the containment doctrine, which governed American foreign policy for a half-century, arguably prevented World War III and both predicted, and set the stage for, the crumbling of the Soviet empire.”
United Wisconsin, the pro-recall website, speaks of Walker's "tyranny" and of "the need to protect our way of life." The need is urgent. "Donate $25 or anything you can!"
People were talking about Jodi Kantor's supposedly gossipy The Obamas this week, and so were we. Steve Bogira and Joravsky both provided their two cents, the former tying it in to Obama's visit this week. Whom did he visit? Why, the wealthiest donors in town, of course! Speaking of Obama, his presumed rival Mitt Romney is dogged by his dog, as Sam Worley reminds us.
Michael Miner pontificated on feminism and provided a thorough, fascinating account of the ownership changes at the New Buffalo Times.
And Marshall Rosenthal, who created the Reader's "Hot Type" column passed away last week. Miner's obit is here.
On his blog, Zorn has posted a transcript of Romney's conversation Wednesday with Today show host Matt Lauer. "I think it’s about envy. I think it’s about class warfare," said Romney. Lauer was puzzled. He asked, "Do you suggest that anyone who questions the policies and practices of Wall Street and financial institutions, anyone who has questions about the distribution of wealth and power in this country, is envious?" And Romney said there's a time and a place for questions such as these, and that place isn't the campaign trail. "You know," said Romney, "I think it’s fine to talk about those things in quiet rooms and discussions about tax policy and the like."
Or is the bigger part of the job finding guest essays that surprise and astound us because they are so off-the-wall—either very smart or very strange?