Well sweetie, it seems every time our esteemed editor goes outta town there is something exciting afoot. The rule was proven once again this past week whilst he made a trip to Kalamazoo (it’s in Michigan), made famous by Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra when you and me were in jumpers. The big news: not only are we gonna have a primary on Sept. 12, it looks like there will be a three-way race come November.
Sammy Bluejay was in for tea and made mention of the fact that whilst the editor had to go away the expected announcement that Nancy Rossi and her minions got enuff signatures to force the Sept. 12 ballot and that all things are full speed ahead. What kind o’ took everybody by surprise was the second announcement: that, regardless of the vote, Nancy and Co. would be part of the “A Better Way” Party come the November vote.
Yeah, effen yew think yew heard this song before, it’s a bit familiar. Go back about a dozen years when H. Richard Borer, Jr., seven-term mayor had lost a primary to John Picard. Borer formed the “A Better Future” Party to do battle in the November ballot that year. He came close, but got beat, and Picard was in the thoid floor for six years.
Effen yew feel you’ve been here before. You have. What is going to follow is the finger-pointing and back-and-forth betwixt the factions of the Democratic Party that have been its hallmark since high-button shoes were still in vogue — at least in this berg.\
Expect to hear the “two bites of the apple” criticism coming from the O’Brien side — the side that was behind the A Better Future Party effen mem’ry serves. This is the go-around, come-around moment.
Hizzoner, never losing an opportunity to take a swipe at his opponent (as he should, I guess) immediately pernted out that maybe herself should forswear the primary and jest save the taxpayers some kopecks and move toward the general election. He has a political pernt, but that’s as fer as it goes. Like I said, history and the factions that did this before kind of take the argument off the table.
Tennyrate, the wag had a very good pernt and a quip. The good pernt was the Rossi camp taking part in the primary is a good test of political strength, both hizzoner’s and herself’s. How this shakes out could be a great indication of not only the candidates’ political strengths, but also the work they hafta do in November.
A close vote one way or t’other could be a great indication of what the pulse o’ John and Jane Q Public hafta say about the political clime and whether they are happy with the status quo.
Past history seems to indicate that a two-termer is more likely to git a thoid term than not. Only once has a one-termer been turned outta office, and that was Bill Heffernan way back in the 1970s. Never has a two-termer been given the gate. It’s been a strange political climate, we shall see.
Nelly Nuthatch pernted out t’other day that the person who might be sitting rather pretty in this maelstrom might be GOP candidate Dave Riccio. Whilst the parties are battling it out, Riccio has been campaigning, walking the streets and doing what candidates do. As I think I might’ve said to you a few weeks ago, a three-way race does a lot to aid the GOP cause, which ain’t seen the inside of the third floor office of the Actors Colony in almost 30 years — 28 to be exact.
Effen the Demmies do what they do and slug it out for weeks and weeks under one banner or the other, the voters might jest get a bit bored or tired with the intramural gamesmanship and decide they wanna see some fresh faces. Unlikely? Tell that to Donald J. Trump.
The publishing of the school bus schedule this week is the beginning of the end o’ summer. Even though we have more than a month to go before the official end of summer, yew and I know that once the school year begins, things around here begin to git in that fall/winter state of mind. We might be wearing summer clothes, but our minds are putting sweaters on. The kiddies are set to go back on Aug. 28, I believe, then we get back to normal whether we wanna be or not.
Speaking of school, the thing with Vic Hogfeldt’s lawsuit is going apace and Iva Lootey mentioned to me that it might not be long before the deposition phase of the proceedings begin. The school bored pulled a faux pas by not giving Vic his public hearing, I think, and then having a trial in absentia when he said he didn’t want nor ever approved an arbitration hearing is just not what adults do to other adults. Then again, we are talking about professional education people. They seemed to be stunted in their growth and maturity. Not teachers, higher-ups.
Iyam told that depositions are being wholly feared by some in the system. That’s when the rubber is gonna hit the road and leaving out a fact, or misrepresenting an incident could mean big trouble. We shall see.
One final thing. Cobina was out in her gassamobuggy a week or so ago, and happened to pass the campus of the VA Hospital. Now, because of traffic up that way, she tends to avoid it, but his was early in the morning and it seemed safe to try. Tennyrate, when she passed by the campus she was appalled. That used to be one of the nicest and most scenic places in the city, Felicia. The out buildings were well kept and the trees that lined the place added to the look. A few years back they added some prefab buildings that made the place look rundown and, frankly, a bit ugly. Now they have chopped down the evergreens, pulled down an outbuilding and are constructing something else. The once-pretty campus now looks industrial and puts the “ugh” in “ugly.” What a shame, such a nice piece of property looking like that.
With that bit o’ chatter, I’ll close this time till next, mitt luff und kizzez,