By Patch Adam Perryman of Milwaukie, Oregon. Patch is a novice writer, health care professional and native Oregonian with rural roots.
I knew that my weekly reading of the Sunday morning Oregonian (now starting the post-David Reinhard era) would hastily welcome a mantle-carrying neophyte as the editors sought out some new dexterity for their "even-handed" publication. So, in her opening sentence, Elizabeth Hovde couldn't wait to high-five the public before she started swinging away with an anti-rhetoric Oberammergau at a readership akin to a major-league slider.
Stating that she'll happily take "[Reinhard's] hate mail", Hovde's inaugural column offers a diatribe in backpedaling rather than a start from scratch. She brings attention to her undefined identification as a conservative and instead writes that she's a long-time PNW resident (Western Washington's Bellingham and the 'Couv), a two-time W. voter, being spent from a Palin nonsense, and offers a redundant pack of GOP neologisms.
Ms. Hovde's writing, frankly, depicts her as an armour-clad warrior of the Right. Riding boldly into Stumptown with humility and verve after a decade of for The Columbian where she tag-teamed with Michelle Malkin. What she expects in her new role is a dragon of contention and an opposing army of foam-at-the-mouth "haters". What I suggest she'll find upon dismount is that once she lets her past commentaries subside and realize that her gossamer tunic is as tenuous as W. legacy, conversation in Oregon will not be difficult to initiate, mediate, tolerate or resuscitate.
Many are the number of heated comments I have read concerning the frailty of The O's past opining, but only a handful could be considered as hateful. So let me one of the first to accept Elizabeth's invitation for a robust conversation and make her (increasingly) think.
One word of advice though: Don't play the victim on your introductory pitch. Start with who you are, not with who you're trying to be.