Imported Tea Leaves
Wednesday, November 09, 2005 :::
The WaPo's Howard Kurtz takes a look at what some out-of-state pundits are saying about the Virginia election. In sum, filling column inches can be a bitch. My favorite is from the Philadelphia Inquirer's Dick Polman
"Virginia is a different story. Bush put his reputation on the line by campaigning at the eleventh hour for Republican Jerry Kilgore - in a reliably 'red' state that Bush won last November by eight percentage points - yet Kilgore was hammered by the triumphant Democrat, Tim Kaine."
Mr. Polman can be forgiven for some of the hyperbole. I assume he didn't follow the drama over the Bush visit -- was unaware of Kilgore's earlier snub of Bush when the President visited Norfolk...or that Bush did appear at the largest political fundraiser in state history for the benefit of...Jerry Kilgore.
No matter. National political reporters have deadlines to meet and inches to fill. The Virginia race and its possible implications for the White House meet a portion of those demands.
For a more seasoned and thoughtful look at the role the President may or may not have played in the election, this post by Jim Bacon is worth reading in its entirety.
::: posted by Norman Leahy at 11/09/2005