Saturday, November 18, 2006

AZ GOP Kremlinology

What on earth does this paragraph in Billy House's story in Saturday's Arizona Republic mean?
Shadegg would not say so Friday, but his efforts to defeat Blunt may have been hindered by fellow Arizona GOP Rep. J.D. Hayworth, who is steamed over his defeat last week by Democrat Harry Mitchell.

In angry comments to fellow House Republicans this week in Washington, Hayworth has been pointing to what he views as involvement by Shadegg and fellow Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake in negative pre-election depictions of him and other Republicans in some media.

Hayworth was not available for comment for this story.

"Involvement" in "negative pre-election depictions"? Are we still arguing about the Republic's endorsement of Mitchell editorial, or does Hayworth see any talk of "reform" or "principles" by Republicans as implicit criticism of him? No wonder the House Republicans reacted to talk about change by electing the same old guys. UPDATE: It wasn't the editorial, but rather The Wall Street Journal front-page article published on Nov. 3. Here's the Shadegg source-greaser that ran in today's paper.

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