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One of Commentary’s political pet peeves is watching Dem candidates for office run away from their president when times are tough. Like they don’t want to be seen with them or mention them. It’s happened with Presidents Carter, Clinton, and Obama. Some folks from the base get a little upset. To me it is a lose-lose situation.

It was very refreshing to see Sen. Wendy Davis embrace the President rather than act like he doesn’t exist. Check this from Peggy Fikac’s column today:

There was the Democrat running for governor, Sen. Wendy Davis, who didn’t avoid crossing paths with President Barack Obama the way some other Democratic candidates have. She not only showed up for Obama’s summit speech, she met briefly with him afterward. As a bonus, she attended former President Bill Clinton’s speech and dinner the night before.

There was the Republican candidate for governor, Attorney General Greg Abbott, whose campaign seized on the fact that Davis’ meeting with Obama was private (rather than, say, in a place where Abbott’s team could get a photo for a future campaign ad).

“So much for transparency,” sniffed Abbott’s camp, which sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the White House asking for any photos that were taken.

And:

As for the potential fallout of Davis’ meeting with Obama, Republican consultant Matt Mackowiak said that “she’s going to get tagged with Obama either way. So you might as well get whatever upside there is if you’re going to get the downside.”

(UT’s Bruce) Buchanan said it’s hard to imagine Davis’ meeting would alienate more Republicans “than are already unlikely to vote for her.” He said, “At worst it’s a wash, possibly a plus for her.”

I think it makes her look stronger. She is not going to shy away from stuff. Good for her and good for Dems.

Tomorrow evening the Royals visit The Yard for three. The Royal have been to the World Serious twice. Name the teams they faced in Serious action?

I have to agree with a lot of what Leonard Pitts, Jr. wrote yesterday about CNN’s coverage of the missing airliner. Here are parts:

Enough, already.

Please, for the love of Cronkite: Give us a break from the missing plane. Yes, we all wonder what happened to it. Yes, our hearts go out to the families seeking resolution. But really, CNN … enough. Put your hands up and step away from the story.

And:

I’m on your website maybe six times a day, CNN, grazing for news. Have you had another lead story in the last month? Has nothing else of importance happened to any of the 7.1 billion people on this planet? I look at you and I want to start screaming like Tattoo on Fantasy Island: “De plane! De plane! De plane!”

And CNN, is it really true your “coverage” includes asking whether aliens abducted Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? Or whether it was swallowed by the Bermuda Triangle? Did you actually wonder aloud if it had flown into a black hole?

Sigh.

And:

Granted, the missing jetliner is not an unimportant story. But neither is it a story deserving of the kind of round-the-clock-man-on-the-moon-war-is-over-presidential-assassination coverage you have given it.

CNN, that jet isn’t the only thing lost. Have you seen your credibility lately?

I don’t keep it on the other cable news outlets because I don’t want to hear opinions from the left or the right. I just want the news. Right now I’m just getting overloaded with pings and black boxes.

Does NPR have a cable channel?

The Royal beat San Luis in seven back in 1985 and lost to Philly in six in 1980 of course.

I don’t know what to say about the team. The starting pitching has been pretty good but we have six starters batting below the Mendoza Line. Heck, the team is batting below the Mendoza Line. Come on!

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