Think about your love life for a minute here.
You're smart, you're funny. You're good looking, if maybe not Russell Crowe. You're everything she says she wants.
But she passes you over for a dick that thinks Joan of Arc is Noah's wife.
I think there are more than a few candidates feeling like that tonight.
Reginald Fentress is everything the voters say they want. He's intelligent, resourceful, and innovative. And when he went canvassing, he didn't just tell people something. He listened to them.
Yet he was passed over.
Bennie Cobb has a quarter century of experience in law enforcement. Commander of the crimes against persons division. Tonight, he was beaten by somebody that has as much experience as a defendant as a policeman. His most valuable law enforcement experience turns out to be his time on Mayor Herenton's goon squad.
Cobb was passed over.
It certainly wasn't all bad--- I was thrilled that Steve Mulroy won his race. I don't live in his district, but you can bet the house that I'll be cheering him on as he goes on to the general election.
Factor in the flotilla of Joe Cooper signs all over town, his ad buys during prime time TV that feature endorsees Jerry "The King Lawler" and Silky Sullivan, and you know those had to have been the most expensive 897 votes in the history of the electoral process. There's no way he paid less than $600 per vote for that turnout. Maybe he'll take the hint this time.
Darrick Harris was in a tough spot. The campaign had very little money, and the frontrunner in his race had plenty to burn. Harris lost, but his 26% is a damn good turnout considering the limited resources of the campaign. Perhaps next time, we can rally more people behind him and less behind a guy that parachuted into the party so recently that his seat on the Republican Executive Committee has yet to be filled.
Know who the big winner of the night was?
Mayor Herenton. His proxies had a hell of a night.
Sidney Chism is the Jerry Lewis to Herenton's Dean Martin. We've already talked about French. Look at the Democratic primaries, and you'll find that Herenton's people almost ran a clean sweep.
It makes the mayoral race next year a tough one. Herenton proxies run the local party through a collective of well meaning but naive people that would lop off their own legs with chainsaws rather than serve him, but get tricked into doing anything Sidney Chism wants. And his strategy for consolidating political power is reliant on getting "his" people elected and putting the unelectable ones on the payroll (Pssst--- Mr. Mayor, will you put me in charge of MLG&W if I say something nice about you? It never hurts to ask).
All in all, not a good night. But you know who the loser in all of this is?
The people of Memphis. Using the county mayor's primaries as a yardstick, only 10% of the registered voters in the county showed up. That kind of apathy will make it hard to dislodge a mayor whose idea of growth consists of annexing all the pissed off people that move out of the city. Another four years, and he'll have annexed everything this side of Jackson, and he'll have someone working on finding a way to annex DeSoto County.