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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

Lebrun again...

Jekyll and Hyde: Fred Lebrun, making a surprisingly sensible remark in his column in today's Times Union:
[Goodbee] concentrated on the downtown minority wards for his support...In a city that may not be thrilled with its mayor these days, but isn't seriously discontented with him either, that is not going to be a winning strategy. So Goodbee carried the wards he set his sights on...and lost the other 12. So what was he thinking? That the Soares lightning would strike twice just because? Politics doesn't happen that way, not in Albany anyway...Soares upset Paul Clyne in a primary precisely because he did present a compelling alternative, and because what he had to say resonated with the majority of those who voted. He did just fine uptown.
I think that's an important part of the story here. Goodbee was a good reflection of a rising political interest in the city, but it's not yet mobilized into a coalition that can win the mayorship by brute force. It either needs to grow in strength or attract more uptown voters.

A few paragraphs later, Lebrun returns to his usual form:
So now Jerry Jennings has only the enemy within to worry about as far as the history books are concerned. Ah, the legacy thing. The enemy within is his state of mind, his committment and enthusiasm for the job. Boredom.
Hey Lebrun, stop doodling on your notebook and pay attention to the teacher. Oh, and then he ends with this junior high school style essay closer:
An old adversary of the mayor's once sagely observed taht Jerry Jennings is at his best in confrontation, when he's at war, when he has an opponent. Even a lightweight like Archie Goodbee.

But how will he do when the only opponent of any consequence is himself? I guess we'll have to watch and find out.
Congratulations Fred, you just got a B on your 7th grade social studies essay. [it's not like your writing is superb everyday-ed. Yeah, but it's not like i'm getting paid by the paper of record.]
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At 9:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

The most fitting job for Jennings was assistant principal. He's never risen above that position in his thinking, vision, or management style. And anyone in K-12 education knows in what regard assistant principals are held.    



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