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Editor’s Notebook: Why not just wait and see?

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The Falls Church News-Press’s editorial last week went full-bore in support of Falls Church emulating Arlington leaders’ embrace of “Missing Middle” housing. Critics of the policy were engaging in “smokescreen” behavior, the paper contended.

Were Falls Church leaders smart, and I have no doubt but that they are, they would indeed be watching how things play out in Arlington. And they’d give the county plenty of time to implement its policy, so they could see what works and what doesn’t.

Arlington leaders often play by a “ready-fire-aim” set of rules when it comes to implementing new wokesterism (followed, if any particular initiative fails, by never, ever mentioning it again). The surrounding jurisdictions are generally pleased as punch, in the immortal words of Hubert Humphrey, to let A-town take the lead and then sit back, see what happens, and act accordingly.

HOPPING ABOARD THE TITANIC? Even The Washington Post, in a headline on the front page of Sunday’s print edition, acknowledged that the appearance of hitherto unknown Cassidy Hutchinson before the pseudo-committee related to Jan. 6, 2021, was a roll of the dice.

The headline (who among us actually wades through Post articles any more?) even suggested that her appearance in an attempt to boost sagging ratings of this reality show masquerading as a serious inquiry might backfire on the Democrats and the fellow-traveler Republican twosome on the committee.

But do not tell that to Nick Benton, chief cook and bottle-washer at the aforementioned News-Press, who positively gushed about Ms. Hutchinson’s appearance.

“Hutchinson should become a role model for an entire generation of young Americans emulating her patriotism and courage, as well as her intellect and talent,” Nick waxed enthusiastically in his weekly column.

Of course, in his quest to believe anyone and everyone who will bash the GOP, particularly those who claim to BE the GOP – let’s call it “David Gergen and John Dean are My North Stars” syndrome – Mr. Benton sometimes hitches his wagon to bright shiny objects that sputter out rather than shine for the long haul. (Christine Blasey-Ford, anyone?)

It’s as if he’s the frugal tourist who spies a last-minute deal on the Titanic and hops aboard at Queenstown (now Cobh), the last stop before the liner heads across the Atlantic and into infamy. Seemed like a good idea at the time; after all, who doesn’t love a bargain?

No doubt a good deal of what Ms. Hutchinson said at the hearing was true. But she also appears to have convinced herself of the veracity of some parts that seem to open-minded folk at least to be at variance to reality.

– Scott McCaffrey

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