On the heels of an in-depth gut-check on his performance so far, the Daily Herald came out with a stunning editorial today praising the freshness and interesting ideas and attitude being shown by newly-minted Congressman Joe Walsh of the 8th Congressional District. The DH, to give it credit, began its editorial by noting that it had been among his harshest critics:
We’ve questioned his judgment, his sincerity and his personal self-discipline. We’ve disagreed strongly with the reflexive right-wing ideology he’s espoused, and we’ve worried that his avowed refusal to work with Democrats would make him a legislator whose style promotes a continuation of deadlock and acrimony rather than a new era of solutions.
But it seems that as the weeks after the election have unfolded, the DH has noticed that there just seems to be... something different... about Walsh -- in a good way, that just doesn't seem to click with 'business as usual' in Washington. And with the current state of the country and the mood of the electorate, that really seems to be an attractive quality to many. The DH has now jumped on the Walsh bandwagon, though, like any good editorial board, hedges its bets slightly:
[H]is first few days in office have been surprisingly encouraging.
This isn’t to say that our reservations have vanished or that Walsh’s curious past tribulations should be ignored. Or that the realities of political war won’t set in as time passes.
But his early approach has been refreshing, almost selfless.
Wow, talk about a 180. It seems the DH has noticed what we here at Team America also noticed some weeks before the election, and then afterwards -- and we too (having sat through a number of Walsh stump speeches that made us roll our eyes a bit and look for the hook) were early critics, but came around.
This bodes well for Walsh's ability to connect with his voters and win over even editorial boards with his fresh approach... and we will wait and see how he continues to conduct himself now as a sitting Congressman. We, like the DH, have high hopes, and will continue to be solidly in Walsh's corner, assuming he continues to measure up.
Keep up the good work, Joe.