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Sunday, January 08, 2006
"the hubbub over the rub."
The TL has a critical analysis of the local newspaper coverage of the Don Sherwood-Cynthia Ore saga by Gene Foreman, a former managing editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer and media professor at Penn State University in State College. The long and short of it is that the Times-Shamrock papers didn't want to cover it and the Times-Leader went with the more sensational coverage. In the end it was hard to ignore a police report of assault, a lawsuit and admission of an extramarital affair by a Congressman who runs with the family values crowd.
I haven't written about the 10th district race lately but it is one of the most important in the country. Do we keep sending placekeepers like Sherwood back to Washington or do we look to the future? Do we send our young people into battle without the right equipment because no one thought this out? The United States cannot forever occupy a country whose people do want want us there. The Democratic candidate Chris Carney recently asked:
"Are we going to be there 10 years or are we going to be there two years?"
Sherwood has not answered that question nor has Bush. At least Carney has offered an idea on how to get out but the administration keeps talking about "victory" but can't define it. Sherwood repeats his marching orders and even talks about a permanent deployment:
Sherwood said, "the decision on troop withdrawal is best left up to the president and military commanders."
"When we have a stable peaceful Iraq we can bring all our people home or some of our people home.”
"Some of our people home." What the hell does that mean?
Sherwood's boss Tom Delay gave up the fantasy of a comeback today. He has taken Delay's money and unlike Bush and Santorum he has not returned it.
It's time for them to go.