Thursday, March 05, 2009

City of Apathetic Angels

"What if they threw a mayoral election in the country's second-biggest city and nobody cared? That is not a rhetorical question." T.A. Frank captures the lameness and absurdity of Los Angeles politics. Is it any wonder there are half a dozen "neighborhoods" (including the San Fernando Valley with 1.5 million people) in the city desperate to secede?

While the prevailing meme has been "Antonio cruises to victory" the actual story is that getting 55% against a bunch of quacks and cranks is a dismal under-achievement for the mayor. Fortunately, there's someone who gets it (no matter what Mickey Kaus says, David Zahniser alone is a reason to keep the LA Times afloat).