Kinsley Chickens Out Again, Still Holds Off On Villaraigosa Endorsement
I still expect the L.A. Times to endorse Villaraigosa before the May 17 runoff, but for this endorsement to take so long is contrary to the interests of the newspaper. It's may be part of the price we pay for greasy Eastern ownership.
The polls by both us and ABC unveiled in the last couple of days show this election is not going to be close. Los Angeles is, thank goodness, going to have a more dynamic mayor.
And the same polls indicate widespread dissatisfaction among the populace with the progress L.A. has been making on such matters as traffic, crime and economic growth.
Under these circumstances, the Times should have acted weeks ago to show where its hearts and minds are. It has said the obvious, that Mayor James Hahn is inept. It has thoroughly reported that the black community, a key to the election, is falling behind Villaraigosa.
So why does Kinsley hold back on the endorsement? Maybe, he hasn't ventured south from Seattle in recent weeks and doesn't know what's going on here. But that is unlikely. His contract calls for him to come to Los Angeles half the time and I imagine he is..
So, here's a man with no political sense. He doesn't realize in politics that once you've given your word, as he did in the primary, you're expected by all to stick with it.
In the editorial this morning, the Times accurately describes Hahn's latest "pandering" on the King/Drew Medical Center to be "desperate and shameful." But then it goes on to accuse Villaraigosa of doing his share of pandering.
What nonsense. It reminds me of the last months of Jimmy Carter's presidency, when he could not decide which side of bed to get out of every morning and did nothing about the nation's inflation rate and other problems.
Kinsley isn't deciding (yet), and he's making the Times look more inadequate every day.