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Tuesday, April 09, 2002
The Daily Cal endorsements are out. I lost my own betting pool, guessing Jesse, Kevin, No One, Evan when the endorsements actually went to Sean, Sunny, Kevin, Evan.
JoanSAPPLESERVE2 is right, if bitter, when she notes that A. the endorsements are strongly correlated with losing and B. they don't produce any votes. She's also write about the level of hatred for the Student Action inside the paper. When picking their bets for the endorsement, APPLE people generally picked Jesse and SA people generally picked Sean or Kris. Turns out SA had the right of it.
Several surprises worth writing about. The first has to be the level of bitterness infusing the endorsements. Whoever wrote them, while witty, seems to have felt if you didn't get the endorsement you're a worthless piece of crap. Kris Primm is 'driven by the desire to please' and his campaign promises are 'downright lunatic.' Annabel Chang 'would be a waste with such incompetence.' Jen Lee, Noah Kagan, and Hoku Jeffrey are dismissed as 'completely out of touch.'
All this venom towards a list of Senators and Student Leaders who, if I don't necessarily agree with them, are definitely assets to Berkeley. Most have already proven themselves as competent leaders. Characterizing them as the out of touch crackpots discredits the Daily Cal's objectivity.
Kevin Deenihan's endorsement is flawed as well. First off, the picture is horrible. Second off, saving 'he saved the program $15,000' is a complete lie. That money was cut months before Kevin became Cal-FACTS Director, under the direction of Todd Dipaola and Jose-Luis Lopez. Second, they repeat Deenihan's mistaken assertion that Peter has only a month and half of AAVP experience as gospel. When he made the statement Kevin didn't know about Peter's other position, and has promised to send a correction to the Daily Cal. Finally, the Daily Cal dimisses Tony Falcone as someone who 'seems to have mistakenly run for the wrong office.' What kind of logic is that? Because he's extraordinarily qualified for External VP, it somehow means he's not qualified for Academic Affairs? It doesn't follow. Saying 'his vision for the office seems more than a little out of focus' is really surprising. This is the candidate that wrote a three page paper, small font, on his plans and vision for the office. Perhaps the Daily Cal should rexamine its 'only a minute' Forum policy and set up longer personal interviews instead, if it wants to make this criticism.
Strange that the Daily Cal never mentions Kevin's party affiliation. Squelch! Party forever.
Salam gets spanked for her flub at the Daily Cal Forum. The Daily Cal should've asked her to clarify the somewhat ambiguous statement, however. For some reason, Squelch candidate Romie Littrell gets taken seriously as a candidate, despite doing a Squelch bit like all the other candidates.
Someone took the trouble of paying $600 for a long anti-Student Action Ad in the Daily Cal, as well. Their claims are entirely accurate. They missed the Line-cutting incident, though.
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