Well, the good news is that the Chron finally addressed the David Rushing issue. The bad news is that they did so in a completely candy-assed way.
What they did was print three letters to the editor which one assumes are supposed to give some "balance" to Rushing's viewpoint. The letters themselves...well, see for yourself. Here's Letter Number One:
Old politics won't work
Regarding David Rushing's Nov. 19 Outlook article, "Political Poison: How John Sharp killed the Texas Democratic Party": Rushing must not have been paying attention during the last election because Ron Kirk and Tony Sanchez won their primaries.
Does he prefer a return to the old "Dixiecrat" Party of George Wallace, where only white Protestant males need apply? This thinly veiled racist appeal to the politics of old just won't work. Here's a novel approach: Why not change the message?
The concerns of conservative and moderate Democrats have been ignored and replaced by those of the radical left. It's small wonder the Republicans continue to gain more votes in Texas.
David R. Martinez, Houston
Moving on to Letter Number Two:
Not over white voters
David Rushing is misguided if he thinks Texas Democrats failed because they lost white voters. Remember college history: In wartime, a president's party usually wins most elections. Saying that Texans will not support an inclusive party makes them appear racist.
Michael Whitlock, Stafford
There's no question that the ticket did poorly with white voters. It was not, as Rushing contended, because the Democrats were "openly hostile" towards them. You can't counter one wrong fact with another and hope to win the argument.
On to Letter Number Three:
His bias was obvious
When I looked up David Rushing's credentials, I learned he is a long-time member of the Young Conservatives of Texas and that this organization is powerful in state universities and very influential with Gov. Rick Perry.
How many people read Rushing's article and thought it was unbiased?
Geraldine Allen, Sugar Land
It's stuff like this that makes people across the political spectrum dislike and distrust our hometown paper.Posted by Charles Kuffner on November 27, 2002 to Election 2002 | TrackBack