Politics Be Careful What You Wish For
posted by June 7 at 10:40 AMon
It’s irritating to listen to Joni Balter this morning griping about the fact that there’s a shortage of candidates running in this year’s city council races.
Nevermind that she’s about a month late on the story, what’s grating about Balter’s column is that a big part of the reason no one is running for city council is this: the Seattle Times invested relentless energy and ink a few years ago branding the council as a “circus animals” council because, in truth, the Seattle Times was scared by the emergence of youthful, progressive, pro-density council members like Heidi Wills and Judy Nicastro. Well, guess what? The anti-council smear campaign worked. Really really well.
Sorry Joni Balter, but by consistently condescending to the youthful, activist council, your paper helped damage its standing. Yes, obviously there were other contributing factors, like strippergate, but the endless “circus animals” drumbeat had a longterm impact. You got what you wanted. No one respects the council.
And so, quality people like Mike McGinn would rather agitate from the outside and Peter Steinbrueck would rather leave.