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#1 2005-08-10 20:23:01

Kevin
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Hines praises a Republican!

The Chronicle's D.C. bureau may be realizing that to be relevant in its reporting (and to stay open), it really needs to work on improving its access to the governing majority in Washington.

That's the best explanation we could come up with for Samantha Levine's fawning piece earlier this week on House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's new communications director.

And that's the best explanation we can come up with for a glowing profile of Rep. Kevin Brady (R) by Cragg Hines, the Chronicle's Washington-based lefty editorialist who once whined in a column that he was being maligned by a right-wing coven of bloggers.

When Kevin Brady moved from a suburban Houston seat in the state Legislature to one in the U.S. House as a result of the 1996 elections, his reputation preceded him. Democratic colleagues as well as his fellow Republicans, not to mention Austin lobbyists of various stripe and interests, sent word ahead to Washington that here was "a serious legislator."

That was good news and bad news for a then-41-year-old Brady. Even in the less-seniority-bound House that resulted from the Republican takeover in 1994, moving up would take time and could fuel personal frustration. It would probably be awhile before even the most conscientious talent would be recognized.

Because of the election jumble in Texas in 1996, caused by court-ordered redistricting, Brady arrived later than almost any of his freshman colleagues and drew none-too-inspiring committee assignments.

Brady could have allowed himself to become restive and jaded, but, to use the polite portion of an old Texas political expression, he made chicken salad.

The rest of the piece is really quite complimentary.

We would only note that Mr. Hines and/or his editor(s) might want to revisit the usage rules for "awhile" and "a while."



Link to post: http://www.bloghouston.net/item/1670

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#2 2005-08-10 22:21:17

Sedosi
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Re: Hines praises a Republican!

I can't nail him on the whole "awhile/a while" thing...

After all, I've got "its" and "it's" issues running popping out all over the place.

smile

S.


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#3 2005-08-10 22:44:45

Evan
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Re: Hines praises a Republican!

We would only note that Mr. Hines and/or his editor(s) might want to revisit the usage rules for "awhile" and "a while."

Snap.

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#4 2005-08-10 23:14:28

gregwythe
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Re: Hines praises a Republican!

So, um ... Kevster. How's that whole "liberal media" thing work, again?

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#5 2005-08-11 06:19:52

Kevin
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Re: Hines praises a Republican!

gregwythe wrote:

So, um ... Kevster. How's that whole "liberal media" thing work, again?

Cragg Hines and the entire newspaper are now conservative.

Barbara Radnofsky is going to give Sen. Hutchison a real scare.

Fort Bend County will be a Democratic bastion in no time at all.

And Julie Mason will reflect the newspaper's new-found conservatism by writing glowingly about her stay in Crawford on Sunday.

Now that we've turned reality upside down and shared a few giggles, perhaps we could return to the topic of our post. Thanks.

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#6 2005-08-11 06:25:08

Kevin
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Re: Hines praises a Republican!

Sedosi wrote:

I can't nail him on the whole "awhile/a while" thing...

After all, I've got "its" and "it's" issues running popping out all over the place.

But we're just little ol' bloggers in a less than ideal state.

They've got copy editors. And Mr. Gibbons.

I look to them for elegance, wit, insight, and exemplary grammar! smile

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#7 2005-08-11 08:22:35

rorschach
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Re: Hines praises a Republican!

Have pigs been spotted taking off and landing at local airports now? I'm speachless!


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#8 2005-08-11 08:41:30

Sedosi
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Re: Hines praises a Republican!

"Have pigs been spotted taking off and landing at local airports now? I'm speachless!"

Nah, Cragg probably just had a fever.

(or as Kevin stated, they've been embarrased that their lack of access has been pointed out ad nauseum by local bloggers)

Maybe there's been a staff meeting where someone pointed out the uselessness of the bureau?

S.


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#9 2005-08-11 08:49:43

Anne
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Re: Hines praises a Republican!

Cragg looks very fetching, don't you think?

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#10 2005-08-11 13:35:42

mattbramanti
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Re: Hines praises a Republican!

Kevin wrote:

They've got copy editors.

What a slanderous, baseless, irresponsible allegation! wink

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#11 2005-08-12 05:47:24

gregwythe
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Re: Hines praises a Republican!

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I've asked you politely to stay on topic, as per the terms of service to which you agreed during signup, but apparently you prefer to ignore my polite requests. So we'll try something a little stronger.

We've built a polite community here that discusses seriously and sometimes humorously the topics we cover on this blog.

I'm not going to let it devolve into a place where personal grievances and petty sniping drive the discussion.

You're welcome to take that sort of commentary to your own blog, but it's not welcome here.

You can abide by the terms of service here, or the privilege of commenting will be revoked.

Thanks,

-Kevin Whited

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#12 2005-08-13 17:39:52

ttyler5
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Re: Hines praises a Republican!

It's so strange that the the American press, which is almost wholly left-of-center and far out-of-touch with the state and national majority, should refer to people who actually are representative of both the Texas and U. S. political majority as a "right wing coven."

America's Vital Center is very far to the right of the politics of the US media ...

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