Posts Tagged ‘Greg Patterson’
An item in the April 9 Yellow Sheet Report caught my attention. Greg Patterson, one of the trailblazers of political blogging in Arizona, said that that his blog, espressopundit.com, may go dark as a result of his confirmation to the Arizona Board of Regents.
That’s sad. Greg is an insightful, smart and witty commentator who has been on the cutting edge of political, social and cultural thought for nearly a decade.
To see espressopundit go dark would be a travesty.
In true Patterson form, his latest blog post about this issue is pretty funny. The metaphor of putting the espresso machine in the attic is classic.
I think the Regents position is similar in stature to a Judiciary appointment. I don’t think I can serve as a sitting Regent and blog the way I have blogged in the past. So I’m going to put the espresso machine in the attic for a while.
I’ll probably end with a few more “wrap up” posts and then sign off for a while. If I return, it will be in a reinvented format that I haven’t thought of yet. (Of course, writing is an obsession, so I will have to find some type of outlet or I will explode into a zillion little over-caffeinated pieces.)
Greg, I hope you re-think your decision – or at least figure out a way to continue to entertain and inform a thirsty audience.
As I have pointed out before, Greg Patterson over at espressopundit is a really smart guy and has a great, great blog.
But he needs to put the crack pipe down and rethink what he wrote here:
The new schism in the Republican party is not Conservative or Moderate, it’s Conservatives who are part of the establishment versus conservatives who are part of the resistance and it looks to me like McCain, and to a lessor extent even Shadegg and Brewer, are vulnerable in Republican Primaries.
McCain vulnerable in a primary? Maybe. Depends a lot on who it is.
Brewer vulnerable in primary? Uh, oh yeah – you know, the whole demanding a tax increase thing? Yes, Greg, Brewer is vulnerable, very, very vulnerable. No “lessor extent” about it.
Shadegg vulnerable in a primary? What are you smoking? Seriously. Yes, McCain has not been the most solid of conservatives – you know, campaign finance, global warming, and, you know, immigration. Yes, Brewer is following in George H.W. Bush’s footsteps. But Shadegg?
This is a guy that conservatives (you know, like, Mike Pence, Tom Tancredo, Duncan Hunter, Ron Paul, et al.) begged to stay in Congress when he announced retirement last year. This is a guy who consistently ranks among the most conservative in the U.S. House by Club for Growth, National Taxpayer’s Union, American Conservative Union and Americans for Tax Reform among others.
If the argument is that some elected officials are potentially vulnerable because they are not conservative enough, then I get it. But saying that Shadegg isn’t conservative enough is a little bizarre.