I have done some very careful analysis of demographic trends and voting patterns. Guess what? I am predicting, right here and now, that Mark DeSantis is going to spank Luke Ravenstahl and become our next mayor by a huge vote margin.
Uuhhh... OK. So I didn't really do any analysis. And my prediction is precarious at best. But I thought it might be a good antidote to the conventional wisdom around here, which seems to be that Ravenstahl is a dangerously priviledged crybaby, that DeSantis would be a great change of pace, but that none of that matters because voters in the city are too set in their ways.
Fine. Maybe the ratio of registers Democrats to Republicans makes in nearly impossible for DeSantis to win. But forget about Yukon-Gate and Burkle-Gate and all the rest. In a just world, this is what would turn the election:
"Thirty years ago, we tore down a neighborhood to build an arena in the Hill District," Mr. Ravenstahl said. "We're going to, now, tear down an arena and rebuild a neighborhood. The Hill District deserves no less, and we're working very hard with them."
Um... dude... if you check into it a little, you'll find out that... actually... WE'RE BUILDING ANOTHER ARENA. Maybe you've heard of it? Didn't Ron Burkle even MENTION it on the plane? Didn't you wonder why he was taking you to dinner in NYC? Did you think it was because he admired your place-kicking? Your golf swing? If so, allow me to reiterate: He invited you to NYC and picked up the tab BECAUSE HE'S GETTING A NEW ARENA. Not because someone is making the Hill District more neighborly.
Are we clear on that, Former Interim Mayor Ravenstahl?