Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The Perfect Political Storm

Tonight's weather may determine the Mayoral Primary.

That's only slightly a joke as I believe we truly have a perfect political storm brewing here, like the bastard love child of Joe DeNardo and Jon Delano.* You see, despite all of our punditry and pontificating, at the end of the day, the citizens of the City of Pittsburgh basically care about whether their day-to-day needs are being met. As much as we've enjoyed bloviating about them, Luke's little run in with the law or Jim Motznik's blog or Dennis Regan's, well, everything, are not going to be major factors in the May primary...

As long as the streets get plowed tonight.

Garbage pickup, crime, snow plowing, and the like are obvious, tangible examples of public works, both in the general and specific-Costa-run senses. The mayor is in charge of these services and, no matter the financial crunch impressed upon him by a previous administration or the limited number of resources at his disposal, if he cannot deliver, he's going to face a lot of angry voters.

Which is why the cynical part of me believes that the Mayor asked everyone to stay inside tonight.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go horde toilet paper and milk.

* No amount of mental bleach in the world can scrub that image from your mind.


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