Washington Post "Cooks" Up an Odd Endorsement

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Today's Washington Post editorial page, in its infinite wisdom (the same infinite wisdom that's had it endorse Frank Wolf, Tom Davis, Jeannemarie Devolites Davis, and Jill Holtzman Vogel in recent years), has decided to endorse Kings Park Civic Association President John Cook (R) over School Board member Ilryong Moon (D) in this coming Tuesday's special election to replace Sharon Bulova (D) as Braddock District supervisor. The reasoning is bizarre, by the Washington Post's own standards.
While Mr. Moon's experience with county government is both extensive and impressive, our concern is that he would be another yes vote on a board that is sometimes too devoted to consensus.
So let's get this one straight. The Washington Post believes that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is too "devoted to consensus" and needs something other than "another yes vote." Yet, this same Washington Post endorsed (on January 25, 2009) Sharon Bulova to replace Gerry Connolly as supervisor of that board, without mentioning this newfound concern over too much "consensus." The Post also never mentioned that while overwhelmingly endorsing Democrats in Arlington and D.C., both of which have overwhelming (if not unanimous) Democratic majorities on their governing boards. So, what's this born-again concern with "consensus" at the Washington Post? (note: diversity is a good thing, but it can take many forms, not just by party label but also by life experience and in other ways as well)

Look, I'm not saying there's anything wrong with John Cook, but for the Washington Post to endorse him using the intellectually brain dead rationale that - all of a sudden - they've concluded the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors needs less "consensus," is complete drivel. Whoever you decide to vote for on Tuesday - and I support Ilryong Moon - I can only urge you NOT to make your choice based on the Washington Post's lame-brained "reasoning."