The Billboard Strikes Back
What is more important now is what is all means going forward. Gotta start with Mr. Unintended Consequences. The whole billboard issue itself started out as a pretty serious hit on the mayor and it may wind up that way in the end. But if you ask my take on public sentiment right now, the billboard issue remains confounding at best to most and what happened last week in council is just completely incomprehensible other than it's all clearly bad. I really think that as a result of last week City Council is taking a much bigger hit with the general public than the mayor. Not sure if that was the intention of whomever generated the annotated Sirk blog archive so long ago. Blame that butterfly.
That then becomes ironic given the coincident and nascent chatter that there is a mayors race coming up pretty quickly and the obligatory early handicapping. I myself have pointed out that were are just a few months from when serious mayoral campaigns would have to engage for the 2009 primary. Bob O'Connor was 3 (or is it 7?) years into into his winning campaign at this point 4 years ago. When you can describe the 5th floor last week as something akin to Machiavelli morphing with Barney Fife, the mayor's political situation for the week can be summed up as: With opponents like these, who needs friends? Or as our friend RichL may have once scored the week, a muffed snap in the end zone scores the safety 2 so LR: 2, opponent to be named later: 0.
For those who missed it and have only experienced this vicariously in reading others' descriptions, I'd get some caffeine to go along with the popcorn and soda before settling back to watch this. Honestly, it sounds far more dramatic when you read about it. I swear even the media you see in the back of the room look like they are dozing off. But here is the dramatic (or is that somnolent) city council walkout scene:
If that video does not work, try this link.
1. So yes, what follows is the shorter version.
2. No, I don't know how a kicker would actually score a safety since a muffed kickoff would typically result in a touchback...