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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Filibuster national story

We were the only newspaper in the Bay Area, and I suspect one of the few in the country, who did not lead their newspaper with the deal in the Senate Monday night to address the filibuster issue on judicial nominees. The senior editors all wanted to lead the paper with the filibuster story, but I did not. The story is deadly reading to begin with, and the hot air coming out of the Senate on the issue -- "Sen. Robert Byrd, We have kept the Republic" was over the top. It was easy to predict how newspapers would carry the news, banner headlines with one or two stories starting out front and a utility box to make it easier to navigate the issue. That type of play requires devoting a good chunk of the front page to the issue, and I wasn't willing to give up that much room to the issue on A1.


Blogger neonormal said...

You probably made what will turn out to be a good decision. This has a real good chance of being a non-story.

I was surprised on my BART ride to see, errr, not see it above the fold.

There are so many differing opinions on the deal from so many pundits and pols. One thing is for sure--nothing really happened except that three judges will get voted on. We will all have to wait and see how the various senators interpret the deal. This could fall apart overnight or fall off the radar.

Another thing seems certain, or fairly certain at this early date, John McCain can pretty much write off any hope of being nominated for President by the Republicans. This is not going to sit well in the Iowa caucuses. Not to mention the rest of the national party.

2:25 PM  
Blogger Chris Lopez, Times Editor said...

Interesting thought you have on McCain. When I was reading the stories on his involvement, I said to myself, "McCain has a real shot to be the president." I thought his role in the filibuster negotiations would elevate his status, not among strong, conservative Republicans, but among moderate Republicans and moderate Democrats. Not sure if you saw this column which we published on Wednesday.

3:41 PM  

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