Haven't done one of these in a while...
...Gloating time: The Arizona Republic has published a significant number of its primary election endorsements, and as I predicted, they endorsed Susan Bitter Smith in the CD5 Republican primary.
I so love being able to say "I told ya so."
...Credit where it's due time: Republican Greg Patterson at Espresso Pundit wrote pretty eloquently on the Shirley Sherrod/"racist" comments/summary firing/apologetic rehiring mess from earlier this week. He observed unequivocally that the video clip that was originally publicized by conservative blogger Breitbart and then Fox News was grossly out of context.
Now, being a loyal Republican, Patterson didn't criticize Breitbart and Fox News for their deceptive and unethical editing of the video, but neither did he go after the White House and the U.S. Department of Agriculture over their unthinking response. He earned some slack because of that.
I'm a loyal Democrat, as strong a D as Patterson is an R. As such, *I'll* criticize the White House et. al. for their response.
Making decisions based on information from Breitbart and Fox News? People and organizations with a documented history of taking statements out of context and even doctoring video (see: ACORN)?
The White House is supposed to be better than that. They're supposed to be smarter than that.
BTW - While Patterson was even-handed in not directly criticizing the principals involved in the dust-up, the commenters on his post were less so. Even though the White House had nothing to do with the fabrication, the commenters laid the blame squarely at the WH's feet while giving a free pass to Breitbart and Fox News.
...Arizona's fiscal plummet continues time: AKA - "More signs of the success of Jan Brewer's fiscal policies time" - In a story that, if not buried, has been downplayed by the AZ Republic, the state's debt rating has been downgraded yet again, making any future debt issued by the state (like school construction bonds) more expensive. In short, it will be even tougher in the future to balance the state's books because of ever-increasing debt-service costs.