It’s official: Sun-Sentinel political columnist Buddy Nevins is a Republican. He recently changed parties and admitted it to Elgin Jones
(a check with the elections office found that Nevins made it official on February 2). I guess it was only a matter of time. I mean, who can resist the charms of George W. Bush? His brilliant rhetoric and unmatched wit, his partiality to the
rich, his turning the surplus into the greatest deficits ever … it’s appealing, dammit.
And if all that didn’t ensnare Nevins, there’s the rampant corruption, ala GOPer Jack Abramoff, who has also been caught up locally in the SunCruz battle that ended in the murder of Gus Boulis. And, in the coup de grace, there’s the Iraq War. It’s like Mortal Kombat, only in real life. All that meaningless death and destruction has magnetic power, I tell you. And the beauty of it: It’s going to cost America a thousand billion dollars, a lot of it going to Bush’s favorite contractors. That ties into the deficit – see how cool it is?
Yes, if ever there was a time for a thinking man to become a Republican, it is now. But cynics might suggest that Nevins has cozied up to the GOP because his son, Aaron, is g
ainfully employed by Republican state legislator Ellyn Bogdanoff (pictured at right), whose 91st District cuts a swath through Nevins’ stomping grounds of Broward County. Aaron has been working for Bogdanoff for at least two years, but that hasn’t kept Nevins from writing about her, usually without disclosing his son’s employment position.
Before Aaron got the job in 2004, shortly after graduating from the University of Florida, his pappy had already seemingly fallen in love with Bogdanoff, one of the “Steel Magnolias.” What's a Steel Magolias? I’ll let Buddy answer the question from column in 2002:
“The Steel Magnolias are a trio of tough women who have made a specialty of running low-budget, grass-roots political campaigns against candidates well-funded by the lobbyist crowd. The name comes from a 1989 movie about friendship among women in a small Southern town. Flowers sent anonymously are their calling card. It's their way of crowing that they have once again beaten the special interests. Their message is simple:Money isn't everything in politics. Good candidates can win with hard work. The three-piece suits with the fat billfolds can be beaten.”
Yeah, Buddy loves him some Magnolias, even though they’ve played the same dirty political games as everybody else. Hell, Nevins himself wrote about Bogdanoff’s dirty tactics in a 1998 state Senate race against Steve Geller. He gave her a “Turkey Award” for claiming Geller was soft on crime and sending out ads that were criticized as racist. Before that he wrote about how she’d changed her moderate views to conform to the GOP, embracing school vouchers, stopped calling herself “pro-choice,” and was running “one of the slipperiest campaigns seen here in decades." He outlined every one of her dirty tricks, too.
But hey, but that was back when Nevins was a Democrat and his son was still in high school.
The change thing seems a part of Nevins' steady decline over the past several years. Don't get me wrong -- Nevins is an institution in Broward County and has a long history of great journalism behind him. His work has been invaluable. New Times named him "Best Daily Newspaper Columnist" in 1999. But more and more Buddy, who has been at the Sentinel since, like, the end of the Vietnam War, doesn't delve into the deep dark spots of Broward politics. That kind of journalism is a tough and trying business and he's lost the drive for it. In a way it seems he's given up -- and there's no better place for a resigned suburbanite than the GOP.Olympic Pain
Send Dave Hyde to Turin, Italy, and all he does is carp like he's at Dolphins Stadium. In today'scolumn
, emblazoned on the Sentinel's front page, he whines about America's losses (by the aptly named Ohno and drunken master Bode Miller) just like he does after football losses. I'm surprised he didn't mention that he almost threw up, one of his recurring techniques. And he did it through the eyes of a couple from Denver, Co. That's right, Hyde traveled overseas to interview a couple from Colorado. Thankfully, the Sentinel also sent Mike Berardino to the Winter Games. Berardino is sort of Hyde's Jeckyl -- he brings sensibility and humanity to Hyde's ghastly journalistic sprees. I recently said I would mention the area's good sportswriters. Well, Berardino is one of them.Palm Beach Blackout
To the person who keeps complaining that I don't do enough to criticize the Palm Beach Post: You're right. It's a weak spot in the Pulp's early days (but soon there will be a barnburner about the Post that I've dug, so be a bit more patient). Here's what I want you to do: When the Post commits a journalistic crime, you send it to me and if it holds up, it'll run in the Pulp. Think of all the raw power you'll have. It boggles the mind. Seriously, I'm not too proud to admit a need for help. And don't worry: I won't say who you are (though I think I already know). We'll come up with a pithy nickname and start calling out all the imPosters on a regular basis.Story of the Day
It comes not from any journalist, but from an Air Force sergeant from Pompano Beach named Douglas Herman, who wrote an op-ed
in the Sentinel speaking truth to power. It's a beautiful and courageous thing and it should be required reading in the high schools. Because if this illegal "preemptive war" shit doesn't stop, the kids will pay the price.Fiddling Fiedler
This just in from unofficial Pulp correspondent Wyatt Olson:
Friday's Herald story about Ana Veciana-Suarez. The judge really threw the book at her for lying under oath about her father's drug conviction.
According to the Herald story, the judge called her offense "extremely serious" because "she lied under oath, noting that Veciana-Suarez regularly wrote a column that focused on values such as honesty, trust and integrity. He said her position as a Miami Herald column
ist was like that of a clergy person or a school teacher, making her a member of a 'special class.'"But it was no big deal for Herald management.From the story:
"Miami Herald Executive Editor Tom Fiedler said he will not take any action against Veciana-Suarez.'Ana's record of integrity spanning more than 25 years with The Miami Herald has been without blemish," Fiedler said. "This single act, for which she has expressed genuine remorse, did not occur in the course of her duties or responsibilities as a journalist. As a result, this isn't an issue in which The Miami Herald needs to become involved.'"
A "single act" and "genuine remorse" sound mighty familiar to Jim Defede's post-Teele suicide comments. Obviously Fiedler is tacitly defending firing Defede in this statement, but it's absurd on its face. How is lying as a juror less egregious than flipping on a phone recorder? I'm not arguing that Veciana-Suarez should be fired, but the executive editor has clearly painted himself into a corner with such glaring inconsistency.