The Times endorsed the Republican candidate for the 5th Legislative District, Position 2, because of his so-called “moderation” and “experience” [“Magendanz a clear choice for 5th District,” Opinion, Jule 2]. The endorsement begs the broader question:
The extremist Republicans who control the state Senate have caused the state to reach gridlock, not unlike what’s happening on the national level. What does The Times’ think would happen if Republicans ever controlled both houses? Candidates like The Times’ endorsee would be just another cog in the extremist majority. Any individual vote of conscience would be subsumed by Republican extremism.
Rather than endorse a so-called Republican moderate, The Times would be better off ending its practice of random bipartisan endorsements, and start asking the harder macro-political questions.
Don Glickstein, Seattle