"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


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She is, of course, running in Alaska.


Blogger Chad said...

"Focus on the Family's political wing has apparently gone off the deep end."

You say that like it might be a new thing. Heck, I don't think candidate Jesus could pass Dobson's criteria.

He's soft on crime. (John 8:11)
He refuses to stand up against oppressive taxes. (Luke 20:25)
He won't stand up against terrorist. (Luke 6:27)
He is a socialist. (Matthew 20:1-15)

Monday, October 27, 2008 7:01:00 AM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Good point. But this seems crazy even for them.

Monday, October 27, 2008 11:22:00 AM

Anonymous kirstin said...

Maybe I've missed an explanation, but could you talk more about why newspapers even bother to endorse candidates in the first place? Is that something I should be paying attention to? Does it mean something? I just don't know much about this topic and the practice seems kind of strange!

Monday, October 27, 2008 5:00:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Sure. In the U.S., newspapers started as a means of communication for political parties. That's how they got their message out in an era when there weren't other technologies. So, naturally, the Whig newspaper would have supported the Whig candidate. Then, as papers became actually about news, papers started endorsing candidates as a way to give their readers guidance on how to vote. In a world without the infinite information sources we have now, who would you trust to tell you for whom to vote? For many people, the answer was "the newspaper editors" who were generally more educated and more aware of political issues than the general population at the time.

Part of it is also a throwback to the time when most cities had two papers, one more liberal and one conservative, so they would naturally support the candidate of their party. You still see this in a few places, Chicago has the Tribune and the Sun. The Tribune is historically Republican; they basically launched Abraham Lincoln's career, and they've never endorsed a Democrat until this year.

Now it's kindof meaningless, but candidates still like to get as many endorsements as they can. It's also a decent predictor of the way the election will go. In 2004, newspaper endorsements were almost dead even with a slight edge to Bush, just like the vote ended up being.

Monday, October 27, 2008 5:33:00 PM

Anonymous kirstin said...

thanks! i had no idea. very interesting.

you're like my personal wikipedia. :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 3:39:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Any time! All this otherwise useless knowledge does come in handy now and then. :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 7:13:00 PM


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