What impact will Bill Peduto's withdrawal (pththb!) have on the blurghosphere at large?
No worries, mate.
If you keep score, well, I guess the burghosphere is oh-for-two. And it does ... pause for a for a day or two, when things don't go exactly as envisaged.
Call it "time to process."
The one descriptive term we keep hearing in spades is evolution. We are evolving quickly. We are evolving in an interesting fashion. Those are good things. They are courtesy, no doubt, of the special blessings of Pittsburgh. Optimism remains the order of the day.
Everything you read in the Comet post Capitulation 2007 is complete bunk.
We have come to some agreement that Bill Peduto (pththbt!) looked into the burghosphere (precocious east end knowledge worker that he is) and became aghast at what he saw.
He questioned his strategy, and perhaps his allies. He rebelled.
We have yet to see the new movie 300, but we have heard about it. We were doing that to Team Ravenstahl. Not just for being young, or even simple, but for outright sins, monstrous things, crimes of passion, crimes of violence, crimes of malice! Come on, now. What was anyone to make of this?
When Bill Peduto (pththb!) spoke of division, we feel he was speaking from the heart.
Cooling off. Yes. That would be nice.
"Give the kid a chance" has a lot of wisdom.
Or it's fantastic political kung-fu. Whatever.
Reentry into the general election as an independant candidate that is, pulling a Caliguiri, or perhaps a Lieberman was ruled "in" as a possibility, at least until it gets before a judge. A great big hat tip to Jon Delano for that.
So to Bill Peduto ... ahem.
If we may.
Don't worry about us bloggers, Bill Peduto! Don't sweat the small stuff! Don't sweat this nonsense! We're just bunch of crazy idiots! That's us, jerk-ass Homer!
Only please rest assured that everybody in the city -- and we really, truly mean everybody -- hopes you "pull a Caliguiri". Everybody.
Choice and debate are hard to come by, even in a democracy. You offered us that opportunity, Bill Peduto (pththb!), and then you snatched it back. We're pretty sure you robbed it from Michael Lamb to begin with.
To Luke Ravenstahl,
We have a great many "I Like Luke" stickers. We have them decorating our kitchen, our car, our computer.
We like Luke. We like Luke's people, from what we've seen.
The burghosphere will again break up and part ways, somewhat. The BURGH REPORT will likely tell us the score every day. The Admiral will be there to guide us in fey waters and through windy, windy winds. 2 Political Junkies will be blogging live from the Very Green Zone.
The Angry Drunk Bureaucrat will be all that, and so much more. Pittsblog will represent for the cupcakes. Matt H, for the O'Connors. Newbies will multiply. Smitty will tell ghost stories. PittGirl will keep us all freaking enthralled.
The Comet expects to stick around. We expect to return to a lot of historical preservation, a lot of race relations, a little macroeconomics and whatever.
We are entertained and bedazzled by this drama that is Pittsburgh, this city on the eternal, spectral brink. We have a very, very good feeling.
Good news today!
The Oak Hill Development has settled amicably, and to every one's apparent relief. (Rich Lord, P-G)
Some Port Authority transit cuts have been restored. (P-G by itself -- Grata must be on vacation.)
We hope to have some interviews up next week. Join us for the re-evolution, or whatever.
Look alive, Pittsburgh!