What can we conclude from the #sdmayor race?

As noted already, San Diego’s mayoral election was last night: and Republican Kevin Faulconer pretty much walked over Democratic David Alvarez, 55-45.  There are, I think, three things to take away from this:

  • Last-minute swooping in did nothing.  To paraphrase somebody or other, the days where we could safely discount Barack Obama’s ability to move the needle for a candidate are certainly coming to a middle. I suspect that the President was looking for an easy win, which is why the aforementioned swooping.  Alas…
  • Big Labor ain’t what it used to be. They kind of wanted this election.  I’m not exactly sure why, but I assume that the labor movement had a reason for pouring millions of dollars down a sinkhole. I think that they did both themselves and the President a disservice here, though: they both wasted a lot of money, and convinced President Obama to jump into a contest that he should have stayed away from. Because… Continue reading What can we conclude from the #sdmayor race?

Annapolis Council To Consider Ensuring Eventual Flip of Council To Republican Control.

There. Fixed the title for them.

Annapolis Council To Consider Stripping Republican Mayor-Elect’s Power

Days after a Republican was elected mayor of Annapolis, City Council members say they will revisit legislation that would strip the mayor’s office of much of its power.


If the measure is approved, it would mean the Democratic-dominated council would be removing the powers of the first Republican mayor elected since 1997.

Yeah. I can’t possibly see how that could turn out badly for the local Democratic party in the long run.

Moe Lane

PS: Annapolis Democrats are, of course, claiming that the timing of this is a complete coincidence.  I note this claim for the record.

The NYC Mayoral Kitten controversy.

Well, this is an interesting problem in the NYC Mayor’s campaign:

Today, Dan Amira gave the candidates a “no” test, and only Republican Joe Lhota passed it. The question was: Would you shut down two subway lines for 90 minutes to save a couple of kittens who are loose on the tracks, as NYC Transit did yesterday?


Only Lhota gave the correct answer: No, you do not strand thousands of New Yorkers for 90 minutes in a futile effort to herd two cats whose lives we are inexplicably prioritizing over the rats who are run over, or drowned, or exterminated in the subways every day.

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Too good to check: Rahm Emanuel to run for mayor of Chicago?

(H/T: RCP) The thought has John Kass so frightened that he’s ready to beg Richard Daley to stay on – this is roughly equivalent to me begging Paul Verhoeven to direct the movie adaptation of The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress – but there’s at least one thing going for it: win or lose, Rahm Emanuel would be replaced as WH Chief of Staff. This is another Republican vs. American moment for me: while the former appreciates the way that Emanuel’s reduced the executive branch’s internal infrastructure to a godawful, incoherent mess, the latter recognizes that we’re all better served with somebody who’s at least competent at running a staff.

And, well, I don’t live in Chicago, so farming him off to that city is no skin off of my nose.

Crossposted to RedState.