OMT One Man's Trash...from Norman Leahy

Sunday, April 30, 2006 :::

The Contenders

George Will has a thumbnail sketch of the Virginia Senate race. Will is obviously taken with James Webb, and devotes the bulk of the column to him. But almost absent from the piece is Harris Miller, who is mentioned only, and unflatteringly, in parentheses.

Which will no doubt send Virginia's Webbophiles into another spasm of delight.

But Will falls prey to the same conceit that consumes Webb's supporters: Miller is treated as a little more than an annoyance. That's the sort of thinking that can lead to unrealistic expectations...and possible defeat, issues that Shaun has explored in greater depth.

::: posted by Norman Leahy at 4/30/2006 0 comments


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