I'm trying to figure out how to make sense of two recent Tribune editorials.
First, the editorial "Rob Bishop: Insider can have clout in capital" (Our View, Sept. 1) strongly implies that in the 1st Congressional District race, Democrat Donna McAleer has better overall credentials than her opponent, five-term Rep. Rob Bishop. But it concludes: "There is just one thing Bishop has that McAleer doesn't have: seniority in Congress." And for that sole reason the editorial board endorses Bishop over McAleer.
Then barely two weeks later, the same editors published "Buying incumbents: Donor limits would reduce influence" (Our View, Sept. 14), in which they decry the corruption that marks incumbency, noting that incumbents typically out-raise challengers 5-1, most of the money coming from powerful special interests who thereby gain unfair legislative influence.