Zach funded the lock with earmarks which, as much as Zach decried them, got what work was done on the lock funded. As you are aware, earmarks no longer exist so this constant whining about Fleischmann not funding the lock is a red herring. He did lead legislation through that will eventually get the lock funded but not in the time frame you'll be happy with. As a recall the legislation was passed in a bipartisan vote. In another 10 years when he's hung around congress as long as Zach did, he might be able to bring more bacon home if we haven't gone broke by then.
G'ger: Is your criticism of Fleishmann based on that he isn't conservative enough because he voted with Obama 1/4 of the time? I thought Weston's criticism of Fleischmann was that he never reaches across the aisle. Voting with the Organizer in Chief 1/4 of the time would seem to indicate that he can compromise and might be (perish the thought!) somewhat moderate. On the other hand, Weston's handlers have him tacking right and left depending on whose endorsement he's seeking. As the son of an eight (seems like I recall he promised only 6) term congressman, it's nice to see he was observant and learned a political lesson here and there. Although, I think in the 3rd district, having the left hand side of the paper endorse you and encourage Dems to vote for you might prove to be a negative. I agree with Headrick's self-serving comment that it is "despicable" for Dems or Reps to vote in the other party's primaries unless, of course, it gets my candidate elected!
Fleischmann's qualifications have been continuously documented. However, as someone as hyperbolic as you appear to be and as much of a Wamp acolyte as your postings indicate, I doubt it is possible for you to consider Fleischmann's qualifications objectively or sanely, for that matter. However, I do have to hand it to Weston that he was able to get Rick Santorum and both sides of the paper to endorse him. One, two or all three of those endorsers would be disappointed with him as congressman.
So, what's your prediction in terms of the primary vote?
Bennett defines sophomoric humor just as Weston defines dilettante. Save for the fact his last name is Wamp, Weston would be just another recent UT communications major asking if you want fries with that order.
Can we get an over/under on the primary? I say he barely carries Hamilton, gets clobbered in the rest of the 3rd and comes in at 46%. Of coarse he'll run again because $174K a year is the best gig he'll ever get.
Trite but true: There will only be peace in the Middle East when Arabs love their children more than they hate Israelis.
The questions to ask are: 1) What would happen if the Arabs put down their weapons today? and 2) What would happen if the Israelis put down theirs?
But the fact is none of the shooters who killed 19 and shot 50 were pulled over and it's improbable they would have been. If you're going to deal in hypotheticals, cite one with at least a probability of more than 0.001%. I would've thought they teach something along those lines in journalism school.
As we used to exclaim, "OMG". I thought Bennett was incapable of creating a cartoon not critical of Republicans and incredibly he's even created a positive cartoon.
Other than to flip a coin to decide in which primary to run, I'm not sure how Weston's decision was made. Now I understand Mary Headrick's endorsement of Weston. If she can't win, why not have a Democrat run in the Republican primary?
I'm against government subsidized and mandated abortion services but I confess to fanaticizing about what a better paper we'd have, had Bennett's mother ...........................
In the day, I remember having to deal with unions at the NYT. It was horrible to have employees scheming how to get maximum pay for minimum work all day long. I hope the Huns get their act together and locate the new SUV here soon. In the meantime, I'm so embarrassed what the left side of my paper's editorial pages has become, an outlet for socialist claptrap. I spin in my grave daily!