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Friday, September 30, 2005

San Antonio- Wooing A Widow Too Soon

That's Cary Clack's analogy of San Antonio going after the New Orleans Saints franchise:

Political and business leaders who were a little too desirous for the Saints to be a permanent part of San Antonio's sports landscape fueled the pressure to sell out the games. Their coveting of the team was akin to a man lusting after a beautiful woman whose husband has just been killed. Yes, you'd like to have her and she certainly is available, but to pursue her before the funeral is distasteful.

The desire to have an NFL team here shouldn't supersede how we get one. Better that one comes here because of the reasons franchises move than to say it took the worst natural disaster in the nation's history to get one.

Except if you want to play out the whole analogy it would go something like this. Married, beautiful woman (MBW) and you have ongoing, decade-long flirtation. MBW, looking to maximize her incoming revenue, looks to play various potential suitors off each other and her husband. But at the end of the day, MBW has a wandering eye only for you. Early in May 2005, the flirtations become a bit more than just that. It seems that, for the first time in a decade, she is willing to go beyond the witty banter, consumate the relationship, and leave her husband. Then two months later, horribly, her husband becomes deathly ill and dies.

Now does that make your previous relationship moot? Hardly. Yes its distasteful to continue an active relationship through the funeral proceedings, but it's hard to deny those feelings that were already there. Furthermore, in this analogy, you're only delaying the inevitable. So, simply put, this analogy doesn't work for me.

In another column, Jaime Castillo, wonders how long rank and file Congressional Republicans will stand by their man:

But, politically speaking, how long can DeLay's backers in the House stick by him and not jeopardize their own chances in midterm elections next year? At what point will they decide that there's too much blood in the water?

It's a fair question because regardless of whether DeLay is found guilty of the criminal charge, he has built a reputation of walking the edge in using his political power and relationships with lobbyists.

Fair enough question, and one that will probably receive a whole lot of attention in the coming weeks and months. But what I'm concerned (actually disappointed) with is the lack of attention John Courage has received in the past couple of weeks. He was given a small article on the day of his announcement tour, but no space recounting the events or his campaign speech the day after. I haven't seen one inkling of space used up on his winning Democracy For America's Grassroots All-Star competition, something sure to bring in a good chunk of dollars into his campaign coffers.

Two of the reasons a guy like John is seen as being a longshot has been his lack of fundraising and lack of press coverage. While he's nowhere near overcoming both perceptions, he has done a good job of addressing these problems early on. I tied this in with Castillo's column because it seemed to me to be the logical choice to put a small blurb about Courage's early successes. But instead of this, we get a couple of sentences on Judge Specia retiring. News, yes, but bigger news than John's evolution to credible candidate?

Now I happen to be of the opinion that the Express-News' political writers do a good job, there's just too few of them to cover the entire area adequately. So I think they'll rectify this problem soon, but if they don't, there's nothing that says we can't put some pressure on the E-N to do so.