Welcome to the blogosphere, David Postman.
The savvy new blog posted by chief Seattle Times political writer David Postman will, we predict, be a must-read for professional pols and political junkies alike.
It sure will be for us if he keeps posting items like this morning's, "A Misuse of Talk Radio?"
As the state Supreme Court gets ready to consider whether talk show hosts campaigned illegally by promoting an anti-gas tax initiative last year, one talker says it was "a misuse of talk radio." And he's no liberal, but Bryan Suits, a host who shares the airwaves at KVI with John Carlson and Kirby Wilbur, the two accused of using talk-show time to campaign for Initiative 912.
Suits told the Mainstream Republicans conference Saturday, "This is me airing an internal, private business debate."
"My radio station crossed the line in my book in terms of going from advocacy to leadership on a political issue, which is why the 912 talk stopped at 6 p.m. when I came on the air and my name was never on the initiative."
Does the Bad Lieutenant's libertarian, contrarian views signal a philosophical split in the KVI line-up?
You bet it does. (Not that it makes any difference in terms of much of anything). Kirby Wilbur and John Carlson are partisan Republicans who acted in the I-912 issue in an ill-fated effort to stick it to a Democratic Governor and Legislature, grab some Party clout for themselves and galvanize their listeners. They failed at the first two and arguably succeeded at the last.
But in the process, they further split off libertarian conservatives like Suits; and pissed off the business Republicans so important to new sleek Republican office seekers like Rossi, and McGavick.
Social conservatives, once so strong in the state Party have been thrown under the bus by the hated Party "pragmatists." like former Chair Chris Vance and now they believe, Diane Tebelius. We haven't heard the end of them, though- the anti-gay rights referendum making the rounds for signatures right now will distract them and if it gets on the ballot, it'll bring 'em to the polls to be used once again by the craven Republicans.