The classic Abbott and Costello comedy routine "Who's on first?" is a fit description for the current up-and-down ratings among the Republican hopefuls seeking the presidential nomination.
Just as quickly as one candidate shoots to the top of the popularity polls, he or she falls back (See: Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich and a cast of others.)
While it all makes for entertaining political theater, as newsroom conversation pointed out this week, not only is it not over yet, it hasn't even started, a reference to the fact we're still 10 days from anything (the Iowa caucus) that could be judged the first formal vote in the nomination contest.
I mention all this as the result of a voicemail we received this week from a disgruntled reader.
The gist of her message was: Quit trying to shove Mormon candidates down our throat.
Her reference was to recent front-page profiles of Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Jr.
The Romney profile did deal heavily with his Mormon religion and it's true that Romney and Huntsman are the two Mormon candidates in the race.
But they also share something else in common: They are the two candidates with close ties to Utah -- Romney through his direction of 2002 Olympics and Huntsman through his family and his time as the state's governor.
And that, not the state's predominant religion, is what drives our interest in their presence in the race.
We've said it before, but it bears repeating: The Standard-Examiner is a locally oriented newspaper.
That doesn't mean we ignore national news and issues. But it does mean we pay close attention to local and state angles in national stories.
And the current local angle in the Republican race is the Utah tie that Romney and Huntsman share.
Every day, editors search the wire, looking specifically for stories that include Romney and Huntsman. All of those stories are posted on our website.
For print, we evaluate those stories among other news items of the day and decide where, or if, they will appear in the newspaper.
We don't ignore the other candidates or spot news about the race for the nomination.
But in this sense, our disgruntled caller is right: At this point in the race, not all Republican candidates are created equal in our eyes.
We haven't run many profiles of the other candidates and probably won't, at least not until the field is narrowed to the serious contenders.
Not everything in Utah comes down to Mormon/non-Mormon. In this case, our decision to run profiles on Huntsman and Romney shouldn't be viewed as some type of conspiracy.
Sometimes a news story is just a good read.
NEW MOM: I wrote two weeks ago about videographer Kera Williams and her experiences trying to document the big windstorm that blew through the Top of Utah, working in the winds while almost nine months pregnant.
I'm happy to report that Crosby Grant Williams was born last Sunday, Dec. 18, weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces and 20.5 inches long.
Mom and dad report that Crosby is "perfect in every way" and everybody is doing well.
Dave Greiling is managing editor of the Standard-Examiner. He may be reached at 801-625-4224 or via email at email@example.com.