Thursday, March 09, 2006

How blue is your Bend?

If editorials from The Source are any indicator, Bend is turning a lovely shade of deep navy:

In September 2005, the U.S. House narrowly passed HR 3824, a measure with the delightfully disingenuous title of "the Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act." Called "TESRA" for short, the bill was jointly sponsored by our own Republican Rep. Greg Walden and California Republican Richard Pombo, a knuckle-dragging paleoconservative whose stand on the environment makes Walden look like John Muir.

I wholeheartedly disagree with the Walden/Pombo bill and applaud The Source for stepping up to take a whack at it. But when I lived in Eastern Oregon (albeit 25 years ago), I'd never have thought we'd hear a Bend resident refer to a legislator as a "knuckle-dragging paleoconservative".

That's a true thing of beauty.

This was my first read of The Source so I don't know its history. It looks like the Willamette Week of Central Oregon, at least at first blush.

Which leads me to wonder how a quite obviously left wing rag (and I mean that in a loving way) could make it in a geography that went 56% for Bush?

Is Bend turning the blue corner?