From a reader:
No offense, but re Mike Ditka you are waxing incoherent: “Generally, I’m opposed to celebrity candidacies”, you say. And then: “And I have no idea if Ditka would make a good Senator.” If you have no idea whether Ditka would make a good Senator, but you’re going to qualify your “general” opposition to celebrity candidacies to make him a exception, then your view actually is: “Generally I’m opposed to celebrity candidacies of Democrats.” Because otherwise, you would be opposed to Ditka being a candidate until you were convinced that he was qualified.
If your goal is to have an “R” after the name of the future junior Senator from Illinois and All Else be Damned, then fine. But please don’t insult your readers by putting forth a principle that you don’t believe in.