One editorial board member’s shift in priorities

VIVIAN J. PAIGE | All Politics is Local

political-ender_t320_240Donald Luzzatto, editorial page editor at The Virginian-Pilot, penned an article for yesterday’s paper in which he noted that he will be de-emphasizing incumbency as he evaluates candidates for endorsement this fall.

A bent toward incumbency isn’t by any means new. It has been a factor in Virginian-Pilot editorial page endorsements for a long time, on the grounds that experience confers expertise and power. What’s different now is the politics.

You can be utterly incompetent and still get re-elected by having a beating heart. You can parrot the most unhinged ideas, work against the needs of your district, be lazy, and it may not matter because of the electoral mathematics.


So while experience will still count as we enter a new round of candidate interviews and endorsements, it’ll count less for me.

Notice that Luzzatto says “for me.” Not for the entire editorial board, which consists of…

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