Last night in Philadelphia, Michael Nutter won the mayoral democratic primary. In Philadelphia, where Democrats outnumber Republicans 4-1, that means he’ll be the next Mayor. Michael Nutter isn’t the coolest candidate to grace the stage. His speeches aren’t happenings like Barak Obama’s are. But he’s level-headed, smart, and has a record of doing the right thing without regard to politics. The smoking ban in Philly, his doing; even though it wasn’t popular among restaurant owners.
When he resigned his city council seat last year to run, I thought that he’d be a great mayor, but people won’t realize that. He always seemed like the “smart kid” that was picked on in school. The choice of the union of political bosses will win. This is a city that elected John Street mayor, not once, but twice.
Substance doesn’t matter.
But I was proven wrong. Given a choice between big talkers, old-politcal bosses, and sexier choices, Philadelphians made the right choice. I wasn’t hopeful they would. I don’t think the general public is that smart. It’s the general public that has given us 6 years of George Bush. But seeing Michael Nutter win gives me hope that at some point people will say “enough is enough” and demand better legislators.
How about Philly showing voters all over the country how it should be done?