Thursday, April 17, 2008

Olbermann Remembers Spens

Last week, the most viewed story on my blog was the one about the late Will Spens, the former big market TV reporter who spent the last few years of his life living here in Santa Barbara on the fringe of homelessness and being pursued by paranoia.

Keith Olbermann, who since Don Imus departed now has the most watched show on MSNBC, remembered Spens on Monday.

Olbermann once interned for Spens.

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In case you were wondering, the News-Press is reporting the latest developments in the Rob Lowe story.

With News-Press owner Wendy McCaw testifying under oath during last summer's NLRB hearing that she considered Lowe to be a "friend," I for one was wondering whether the paper would cover the sordid allegations.

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Around the middle of last week I wrote about the views of a select few political pundits on whether Hillary Clinton should drop out of the primary race.

Lou Cannon, the retired Washington Post reporter and Summarland resident, who might know a thing or two about politics, e-mailed with this comment:

I am no fan of Hillary, and I like Barack just fine BUT at this point in their campaigns Gary Hart was 600 delegates behind Mondale and Ted Kennedy was 1,000 delegates behind President Carter and no one was pressuring Hart or Kennedy to get out. It's unreasonable to expect that anyone who is 133 delegates behind and is favored in the next big primary would quit.

Lou's latest book, which he co-authored with his son is Reagan's Disciple: George W. Bush's Troubled Quest for a Presidential Legacy.

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As I noted last week, the California primary used to be in June. In fact, there still is an election in June and the Santa Barbara County Elections Office is looking for pollworkers to staff it.

"Pollworkers?" Now that's a quaint term. Maybe they ought to check out the Spearmint Rhino?

And, according to Peter Schrag in the Sacramento Bee: "If our presidential primary had not been moved to Feb. 5 in search of clout, the June 3 election would probably be pivotal to the Democrats and have a huge turnout. Now it will be one of the least important state elections in history."

The moral; don't mess with Mother Nature, or the California Primary.