The Kensington Review

22 October 2014

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Latest Commentary: Volume XIII, Number 174

Ben Bradlee, 1921-2014 -- While there are famous writers, there are almost no famous editors. Yet any scribe worth his or her salt understands that the editor provides the reality check that is necessary on the creative process. The term comes from the gladiatorial games of ancient Rome, where the editor would decide whether a fallen combatant would live or die. Yesterday, Ben Bradlee died at 93, the greatest editor of his generation and perhaps in American history. [22 October]

Polish MEP Saves EFDD Status, UKIP's Election Funds -- Friday, the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group within the European Parliament lost a member from Latvia that threatened its official recognition within the union's legislature. Under the rules, a group must have 25 members from 7 different countries to be recognized. The departure of Latvia's Iveta Grigule left it with plenty of members but from only 6 nations. Poland's Robert Iwaszkiewicz has just signed up with EFDD, and that means it's still a recognized grouping. Oddly, the person happiest about this is UKIP leader Nigel Farage, whose party would like to leave the EU altogether. [21 October]

Eurosceptic Bloc in EU Parliament Collapses -- A bloc of Eurosceptic parties in the European Union';s Parliament has lost its status as a recognized grouping. The fall came about after Latvian MEP Iveta Grigule's exit from the group. To qualify as a group, a bloc must have members from seven different EU member states. Ms. Grigule's resignation from the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group left it one shy of that benchmark. EFDD members are claiming EP President Martin Schulz engineered the whole thing. [17 October]

Florida Governor Scott Diverts Debate Attention to Crist's Electric Fan -- Magicians and politicians both rely on misdirection frequently to succeed in their profession. Last night, Governor Rick Scott skillfully misdirected the voters in Florida and the political media by delaying the start of his debate with challenger and ex-governor Charlie Crist. The pretext was Mr. Crist's 12-inch electric fan that he takes everywhere and which was set inside his podium. For 7 minutes, the debate was delayed while Mr. Scott fussed. It helped bury the content of the debate beautifully. [16 October]

National Democrats End Spending on Grimes in Kentucky -- The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which helps fund Democrats running for the US Senate, has announced it is no longer buying ads for Alison Lundergan Grimes. Ms. Grimes is challenging Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, for his seat as part of the Kentucky delegation. While Ms. Grimes is still competitive in this race according to recent polls, the DSCC clearly believes she's going to lose. The decision is probably the correct one. [15 October]

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