It seems that the Minneapolis Star-Tribune wants to get rid of James Lileks. Hugh Hewitt notes that Lileks has been shifted to reporting news. It's like signing Roger Clemens and asking him to be your mop-up man in the bullpen. To call it a misapplication of talent is an understatement. It's like saying that the Brewers are doing okay (they have played 31 games, and are already five games ahead of everyone else in the NL Central - take THAT, Hugh!).
That said, Minnesota is a place where you generally get a lot of left-of-center voters in the Minneapolis area, and one can't blame the Star-Tribune for wanting to go with the overwhelming demographics in their city.