July 22, 2014

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Making Political Hay While The Sun Shines

it's called the "political silly season"..."crazy" season would be a better word.

Politicians say...and do...ridiculous things during a major election campaign.  This, being a presidential election year, is the best example.

For instance, Republican presidential candidates have been trying to call attention to voter frustration over rising gas prices, have made statements like, "Gas was $1.63 a gallon when President Obama took office".  When George W. Bush was in office, Democrats made similar statements.

Both, in fact, were right.  The fact is, only months before Obama took office, gas was around $4 a gallon.  The price plummeted when we all realized the nation (and, for that matter, the entire world) was in a major recession. Candidates seeking to replace Obama (or Bush, in 2004), of course, don't include that fact.

But, as the late speaker of the House, Tip O'Neill, once said: "all politics is local".

A candidate seeking to unseat Washington County's sheriff has seemingly been using every story related to the sheriff's department and trying to turn it to his advantage.  Last week, after a former department member was found not guilty in a trial, he used that to blast the current sheriff. The sheriff, reluctant at first to respond, called a news conference to refute his opponent's claims.

Then, this past weekend, the Parkersburg News and Sentinel's executive editor, in his weekly column, revealed one of his reporters was subject to a background check by an opponent of the city's mayor, who is up for re-election this year.  The reason: he apparently took exception to how the reporter handled a story about his being subjected to background checks by the mayor's office.

The reporter, according to the newspaper, did what reporters do with a story like this: they went to the mayor and the city attorney for a response to this individual's complaint.

One thing to keep in mind about these three instances: the primary is still a month away, and the election isn't until November. 

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  Another one from the "just saying" department....

  By now, you've heard of the out-of-hand celebrations which followed Kentucky's Final Four  and NCAA championship basketball victories.

  And you know that Ohio University, during the same tournament, reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in nearly 50 years.

 The reaction by students to the latter feat was described in USA TODAY by the university's president as a "mild celebration".  No burning couches or cars, no one injured.

 And Ohio...University, that is...is the institution known as a "party school"?

 Again, just saying...

 

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