The City Paper post-election analysis is cowboy-themed.
Not ninjas -- not even pirates -- but cowboys. That's a pretty good synopsis right there.
Okay. We acknowledge we might be bitter because we were cast as part of a "a chorus of bloggers" described as "seizing" this and "damning" that, like so many deranged pit-bulls.
When later on, a triumphant new city council nominee is quoted describing us roughly as band of privileged dilettantes, more concerned with the likes of Britney and Anna Nicole than Iraq and New Orleans, we were not further encouraged.
How did that portion of the interview go, anyway? "Mr. Burgess, do you hate Luke as badly as the bloggers do? Do you take your cues from them?"
That's okay. We know how the game is played.
We're the guy who works at the Taco Bell drive-thru -- you pull up late at night to get your precious fix, then you toss the empty wrappers out the car window, brush your teeth, and tell people you eat mainly organics.
You love your zeitgeist, but don't want to see how it gets woven.
Here it the illuminating portion of the article:
And amidst the excited buzz, Peduto described the fledging coalition taking shape under the label of "progressive." The progressives, he said, would be an "entirely new form of alliance" including environmentalists, good-government reformers and "the more progressive labor unions."
For the record, any time the Comet uses the word progressive, we are using shorthand for the movement you are calling progressive. We despise the word progressive, largely because it evinces that liberals are still running scared from Ronald Regan and Rush Limbaugh. But more importantly, it does not describe what is going on out there.
Peduto correctly identifies an alliance, but just like everybody else, he gets the emphasis all wrong. It will only realize the powers of majority when it marches to the beat of good government. At least for the next hundred cycles.
Are you grinding the same political axes that your grandparents gave you? Are you always having to defend certain factions in intergovernmental turf-wars? Are your relations with the Scientologists merely cordial, or you a fully operating thetan?
Are you comfortable with the language of data-driven decision making, of multiple causes, and of four-pronged solutions?
These are the questions that will matter, and the answers to them will shape a political environment that is not so much fluid, but clay-like.
Inexplicably, the City Paper keeps returning to abortion as a good test of how these particles will interact.
If you're in it for abortion, or for gay marriage, or for peace in the middle east, you will find yourself intermittently frustrated, as ever.
But if you're in it for a solution to our public debt, our pensions burden, our sewer nightmare, for efficiency and equity in public services, for a more creative city government that takes a nuanced view of neighborhoods and development -- if you want a city that can take care of itself to the point where it can tackle big problems like violence and poverty -- then you may have a Hollywood ending in your future.
Although it will have to come at the end of a trilogy.