I was directed to the Pelline blog as a friend said he was endorsing the candidacy of a recent arrival, Jim Firth, for City Council. I was curious since Pelline rails against any hint of an endorsement by conservatives, Republicans or PAC's of a righty candidate. How could the man be that phony I thought. Well, he does his endorsements in the usual weaselly media way by omission. Omission of the opponents endorsements and the placement of those he favors. I have seen this many times. It must be a class taught in those "liberal arts" colleges that churn out all those like-minded liberal media types.
Of course Pelline can do whatever he wants and endorse whomever he wants and I do too. But I try not to be so delusional as he appears when it comes to "standards" in reporting such things as endorsements of candidates.. We on the right get an earful by the fellow for simply being conservative. We have some standards that we consider very important and try our best to be ethical and consistent. Even when no one is looking. But Pelline has no standards that appear to be fair and balanced in his "reporting". Usually he is trashing the people on the right and doing so for every "transgression" from what he considers "fair". Remember the MILLER campaign sign on a private building that also had a tenant called the Chamber of Commerce? My goodness you would think it gave Pelline hemorrhoids! Now he criticizes the "casino" night put together for a fundraiser in Grass Valley.
Most of the time we in the community concerned about the important issues just blow by the little things like endorsements because they actually can cut both ways and we know it. We are concerned that people like Pelline actually harm the reputation of our communities by sitting in the weeds full of nothingness he likes. He criticizes everyone except those he likes and they always appear to be liberals. He tosses in a Nate Beason once in a while to show us all how "purple" he is but we know it is not really heartfelt. He is more comfortable praising the likes of Reinette Senum and Steve Frisch, both lefty rent seekers in our county.
YUBANET, a local "news" type blog that is considered lefty is constantly cited as are the Sacramento Bee and the SF Chronicle. All lefty publications. When he uses something from the right side of media it is usually for criticism and ridicule. So when we see a story with criticism of a Firth or other liberal we all know what the scoop is. Pelline is simply a political hypocrite and all his frothing at the mouth about endorsements of local candidates is hot air. In our county it was the democrats who started the endorsements years ago yet Pelline never says anything negative about them. They endorse and they bring in PAC money for local democrats and not a peep from Pelline.
When I was the Chairman of the Nevada County Republican Central Committee (1995-99), we had to meet the democrats endorsements with our own or be outplayed. So we started endorsing as well. Over time our efforts were much more successful since the people we were endorsing actually were qualified to lead. The democrats usually endorse people like Firth, Martin and Conklin and we see what that usually brings our county. More government, less freedom and anti property rights and the people reject that most of the time. Sure, some of the liberals make a term but by the end of their first term the people figure out they were fooled and boot them. Of course there are always exceptions but for the most part a endorsement by the local democrats is a political death knell. Opposite for conservatives.
So with a couple of months left till election day, we will see a fawning story and comments from Pelline and his ilk for all that is lefty. Fortunately for the community, most have figured him and his philosophy out and reject it. As shown by the low numbers of readers of his blog it appears to me he is whistling in the wind. Keep whistling Pelline and try to stay in tune.