The good old boys
Via Rauterkus, I learn that the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, part of the city's old-boys network (though now open to women of the proper mindset) that continues to believes it knows best for the city, the rest of us be damned, held a mayoral debate, and failed to invite one of the candidates, Les Ludwig. Now, Les doesn't have a chance in Hell of winning, but let's face it--neither does GOP candidate Joe Weinroth, who participated in the debate. What gives? One of the city's biggest problems is that a self-selected group of politicians, corporate and civic leaders have long controlled Pittsburgh, shaping it to their own misguided specifications, refusing to acknowledge decades of failure, and shutting out anyone who refuses to stick to the script.
Pittsburgh's day of reckoning is still at hand, my friends. We haven't even come close to hitting bottom.