Friday, December 26, 2008

Be Careful What You Wish For

City Council President Doug Shields sounds like a candidate in that race, too. (P-G, Rich Lord)

Well that's interesting.

Doug would make a great mayor -- probably a better mayor than a council president -- but as a candidate?

The less informed will prefer the glossier option, unless Shields runs a humdinger of a frank campaign. Picture John F. Kennedy meets Don Rickles. "The only thing we have to fear is this hockey puck."

The better informed? Well ... there are a lot of people out there who would rather Pittsburgh have a so-so mayor that they feel they can manage or get what they need out of, rather than a highly capable mayor who will interrupt the predictability of government by leverage and expediency.

The presence of Carmen Robinson (once she assembles a staff and gets her feet underneath her) will shake things up in an intriguing manner.

One thing is certain: this constitutes last call for anyone who figures they might have a better shot. I count two of you.


  1. Last call, what a joke. You don't get to proclaim 'last call.' And, it ain't happening now, fur sure.

    In the last go-around, Mark DeStantis was unknown until after he was a write-in, in MAY.

    It wasn't until New Year's Day, Jan 1, 2001, that Josh Pollock came boldly onto the scene with a front page P-G article about his race. His ink was the first to spill in that year and there might have been 7 Ds in the race that year.

    It is a long road Bram. Don't do what the others do and declare others the 'lamb' before it begins. Progressives are to be 'open minded.'

    The 'done-deal mentality' has been killing Pittsburgh for many decades. That has to be outed and put to an end.

    Those who wish to champion the status quo are sure to rush the last call and end before it even began.

  2. Josh Pollock got 1,094 votes in that race and probably shouldn't have been on the ballot legally.

  3. Damn. Just trying to provoke a few of these lollygaggers into jumping in early while the jumping's good. It takes time to build an organization.

    Mark DeSantis, sadly, is unknown to this day. And who is Josh Pollock?

  4. Here's a link to Josh Pollock stories in the Google News archive.

  5. This is DECEMBER. The general election is in NOVEMBER. TEN MONTHS is a long time, especially for the young and young at heart.

  6. Mark, you gotta chill out. Sorry you are not mentioned in anyone's political calculus. There is a reason for that. Bram may not remember Josh Pollock, but he also probably never heard of Jim Carmine either. That means he has no idea you were once close to being a major party's candidate for mayor yourself. You sound like you are planning on running again?

  7. I do happen to know Jim Carmine -- Carlow College professor, Republican candidate in 01, right?

  8. luke is the best mayor this city ever had.

  9. What about Bob? He did a good job, except for the dying part.

  10. With the likes of Lawrence and Caliguiri out there, those are some bold statements.

  11. Rauterkus, were you referring to Mike Lamb? He may be one of Bram's "2."

  12. Luke is really the best TOOL of a Mayor Pittburgh ever had. In fact, I heard he's beining nominated by a federal agency for the 2009 "Gov. Blagojevich Pay to Play Award."

    So richly deserved. He's really earned it. It's the only thing he has ever earned on his own.

  13. Does anyone see Lamb getting into the race?

  14. Matt, If he does you should follow that announcement with a long winded blog post about say, how he once tipped only 14% at Eat and Park. Or how he got a speeding ticket in 1991 for 8 MPH over the limit. Because that is what really matters. That's the important stuff.

    We are are all counting on you to show us your insight into this important race. Please don't let us down as you have in the past.

  15. My "lamb" statement was more of a dig at the Trib Editorial Board that wishes for a challenge to the Dems, but then at first sighting calls the person a sacrificial lamb. Little "L" lamb -- not Mike, gotta do an audit, Lamb -- even of the Controller's office after his victory in the election yet before he was even taking office.

    Different topic.

    I'm chilling. The advice above was to 'chill' -- for me. Rather, the advice goes to Bram -- and he needs to chill. it is early. It isn't 'over.' It is okay to chill in December. The chilled suggestion needs to go out to the others -- as I'm content as can be, as long as others stay calm too. Saying it is already over -- or 'last call' -- is the anti-chill position.

    Bloggers can get worried about FEB or MARCH.