Friday, March 19, 2010

The Results Are In

Each week, the members of the Watcher's Council nominate one of their own posts and a second from outside the Council for consideration by other council members in a contest for best post. The Watcher publishes the results each Friday. And the results of this weeks voting are in:

This weeks vote was a surprise to me at least. I am honored that I won for my post, AP Goes APE Over Texas School Book Changes - a dissection of the AP's angst with the changes being made to school history text books. But there were several very strong posts that I would have voted for over mine in this week's contest. Chief among them was a post by Gerard Van der Luen, The Plague of Locusts Presidency. If you want to see how a professional writer plies his trade, read that post. I would give my eye teeth to be able to write like that. Also coming in second place was The Razor's fine essay, The United States of Venezuela. And of note was The Provocateur's post The Untold Story of Non Profit Hospitals. The Provocateur often blogs on topics out of the mainstream of the week, and this week's I though was a particularly good post.

In the non-Council category, the winner was Walter Russell Mead’s Is this Lobby different from all others?, making a key point, summed up by our new Watcher, that "pro-Israel lobby is strong because Americans support Israel; Americans don’t support Israel because the lobby is strong." Coming in second was British pundit Melanie Phillips's The Obama Intifada Submitted discussing a point I make in the post below, that Obama's actions aren't fostering peace in the Middle East, they are fostering violence.

There were some great entries this week. You can find them all, as well as the full results of the voting at the Watcher's site.

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