Walter Backstrom – one of our Monday guest columnists last year – had a big day today. He wound up finishing 16th in the first round of The Washington Post’s “America’s Next Great Pundit” contest.
This is a big deal. The Post solicits 400-word sample columns from the entire country; Washington Post editors then pick their favorites. Now regular readers get to vote here on the finalists; the winner gets a three-month contract to write a weekly Washington Post column.
As a black conservative, Backstrom offers an unusual take on social problems. His highly ranked sample is a condensed version of a column he wrote for us in September.
If you’re a fan, you may want to cast a vote to keep him in the running.