John Deeth Blog: Farewell to Yepsen
Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog
It's the end of an era, as we await the official announcement that Des
Moines Register ubercolumnist David Yepsen is leaving the paper after
three decades for the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern
Illinois University. The hagiography from the national press corps is
starting. To them, with their quadrennial visits, Yepsen WAS Iowa
journalism, caucus history incarnate (and he seemed to love that). I'm
sure he'll stay in the rolodexes and show up on the talk shows in 2011
with a curmudgeonly critique of the GOP field. Those of us on the
ground in Iowa have more mixed opinions. It's no secret that I'm not a
Yepsen fan. Part of it was my hometown pride. Yepsen worked in way too
many cheap shots at Iowa City, the University, and espresso-based
beverages, implying that our academic liberalism was somehow un-Iowan.
Around here we adopted his "People's Republic of Johnson County" slur
as a badge of pride.