Five things I think about today’s Tampa Bay Times:
I think the most important sentence to be found in all of the political coverage in today’s Times is this line from Adam Smith in his must-read profile of once-and-future gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, “(A)fter watching Crist’s rise and fall and rise in Florida politics over two decades, I don’t buy that Crist lacks core values.”
I think we already knew that City Councilwoman Leslie Curran was not running for Mayor of St. Petersburg before reporter Mark Puente wrote about it today.
I think this paragraph from Puente, “Wengay Newton confessed to giving residents bad details on the proposed Lens project” could probably be repeated from now until Newton is off Council in two years. Just change the subject matter from the Lens to whatever he is droning on at the moment. Wengay Newtown is a font of misinformation.
I think it’s clear that, despite being a Pulitzer Prize winner, Editor of Editorials Tim Nickens knows very little about real realpolitik. In an editorial about The Lens, he writes that “there is still time for reasonable residents to regroup and for supporters of the Pier project to launch a good-faith campaign.” I’m sorry, Tim, but political consultants — the operatives needed to launch such an effort — can’t deposit “good faith” at the bank.
I think TV/Media critic Eric Deggans is unfortunately right that, with the death last week of (James) Gandolfini, there is a sense “of a page turned. An era is ending…”