Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Whatever, dude

Assuming that Bill Peduto is being sincere in dropping out of the Democratic primary because he doesn't like the negative tone of the campaign, then I have three words for him: Boo-friggin-who.

You don't get into politics these days unless you are willing to get your knuckles bloody now and then. Lamentable, perhaps, but that's the way it is. Just ask President Kerry. Besides, Peduto is running against an incumbent. Any time an incumbent runs for re-election the race is a referendum on their performance in office. (I realize Luke Ravenstahl isn't technical running for re-election, but the principal holds.) And I never heard Peduto issue a call for all those bloggers who were supporting him so vociferously to stop their daily attacks on the mayor.

Don't get me wrong--I was pretty convinced that Peduto was in for a thumping come the primary, but I was still holding out hope for an upset. Even if Peduto gets into the general election as an independent, I don't see much chance, absent a complete meltdown by the mayor over the summer, for Peduto to prevail.

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Blogger Cope said...

Does this clear the way for Mark Rauterkus?

9:49 PM

Blogger EdHeath said...

If Peduto was serious about not dividing the party and Pittsburgh, wouldn't that preclude a run as an independent? Of course, avoiding getting thumped in the Primary means democrats and the few republicans could vote for him in the general. Hmmm...

10:02 PM

Blogger Mark Rauterkus said...

Cope, ...

Sure. The pathway is 'cleared.'

The pathway looks as clear as a West Texas or Outback highway on a Sunday morning.

Peduto has helped by kicking up a little dust. People know that there is a general election now. It became a blip on the radar.

9:51 AM


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