City Council can indeed be thought of as a 3-3-3 playing field, and the Hon. Rufus Peckham* is right to name Ricky Burgess as a key player.
For our money, we bet the Reverend will swing over to the progressives with some frequency, although any given issue will be governed by its particulars. National faith movements vary. Jim Ferlo is just Jim Ferlo.
Speculation as to council prez is not interesting (although at this moment we are rooting for Doug Shields).
Forget about the scientologists, already.
The points we really want to make are: 1) people are not giving Luke enough credit, and 2) if it was really the "perfect" storm ... it won't end, will it?
Tune in on Monday morning. For the season premier. Of the Pittsburgh Comet.
* He is also the funniest man on earth.