Letters….we get letters:
Why is it that whenever there is something in the local media focusing on the Democratic party, the local media always gets “reaction” from Steve Shine? queries our correspondent. Steve Shine is the chairman of the Allen County GOP in our former place of residence, and he managed to pop up in pretty much every story about Bill Clinton’s campaign stop in Fort Wayne yesterday. She continues:
It’s not even in cases where they need some kind of “balance.” Two I remember are the changing of the party chair, and just last night, when Bill Clinton visited. In fact, the JG article doesn’t talk to anyone from the local Democratic party, but DID have several quotes from Shine.
There are several answers, which run the gamut from “Steve Shine is a shameless publicity hound” to “Fort Wayne editors live in mortal fear of having anyone complain to them over the phone,” but I think it boils down to why those kids jump up and down behind reporters doing live standups — because he can. My favorite was the sign he helpfully posed next to, proclaiming Fort Wayne to be “McCain Country.” A lie, that. Fort Wayne is Huckabee Country if it’s anything, although Huckabee might be a little too liberal for those good people. But the lesson is clear: Put a plateful of food in front of Fort Wayne news media, and they almost always eat it up.
Meanwhile, our own Brian Stouder attended the speech. Maybe he’d like to file a NN.C exclusive in the comments.
Friends, I’m sorry to say this, but I am one worn-out kitty today. Got a million things to do, and the morning has half slipped away already. Just a couple of things before I go:
I see the comments in the previous post have veered into a discussion of 19th-century men’s underwear, of all things. Before it goes any further, participants are commanded to read “A brief history of pants” from the Independent, which should answer all your questions.
I thought Obama’s speech yesterday — which I read later, and saw video excerpts of — was outstanding. Discuss.
Back later, if the caffeine ever kicks in. Until then, play nice.
UPDATE: Oh, for God’s sake. Just read the News-Sentinel’s Clinton coverage. The sidebar is about what the last-minute visit cost the city. There’s a reference to “a costly whirlwind of preparation” to get extra security, etc., arranged on the fly. The figure comes in paragraph five: “as much as $3,000.” I think it costs that much to gas up the SUVs in Kwame Kirkpatrick’s security detail.