Friday, October 05, 2007
I am reeling a little bit here.
and I should go to bed, but I am trying to figure out how Chuck Mangione figures in our elections.
First, bravo to Shea Flinn and Jim Strickland on their victories, yay to Bill Morrison and Brian Stephens for their making runoffs in Districts 1 and 2. My condolences to Desi Franklin, who might have won if there hadn't been other Democrats in the race; now we're stuck with Hedgepeth for four years, as Vibinc points at David Upton and screams "J'accuse!" (David, however, for the record, steadfastly maintains that Mary Wilder contacted HIM to let him know that she was running and ask for his support. Whatever, we're still stuck with Hedgepeth.)
Now, however, I must turn toward the old wizard of Banneker Estates himself and say, well played, sir, well played. I suspect that you knew that not all of your old Republican friends had deserted you (John Ryder, I'm talkin' to YOU, pal) but couldn't afford to be seen supporting you. What to do, what to do, wait, let's stick Herman Morris in the race, a black man who could play on liberal guilt, pull white votes away from Carol Chumney, but no African-American away from yourself, and enable one more victory where you could attack any of your non-supporters.
And, Morris got good old white Midtown liberals to buy into to all that guilt and vote for him, ensuring that the good Doctor would win one final term before he retires or is indicted. I'm not surprised Republicans who feared the idea of a WOMAN running the city would buy into this. However, with the exception of a couple of you that I understand would never support Carol (and I don't hold you responsible, either), for the rest of you, I have one question:
WHAT THE FUCK WERE YOU THINKING????? Seriously, what the fuck were you THINKING? Take the 21% away from Herman, and 15% would have gone to Carol, the rest to Willingham and we have a NEW MAYOR. If Herenton is indicted, or continues to embarrass the city as he has for the last four years, it's YOUR FAULT. Jesus H. Christ on a pogo stick, Don "No Soul" Simmons would have gotten more African-American votes than Herman Morris!
You know, Carol handled her loss with grace, with candor, and with the strength and courage that has led me to support her for seventeen years. This is not my loss, it's OUR loss, the CITY's loss, the REGION's loss. And all because Herenton and some GOP Old Guard types played a bunch of Midtown liberals like a fucking Stradivarius.
You're goddamned right I'm mad, and I will be for a long time to come. Carol will forgive and forget, because she is a far better person than I am, because I won't forget this for a LONG, LONG time.
End of rant, for now.