I have no idea if anyone still reads this blog, but on the off chance that someone hasn't thrown out the link...
It is sometimes necessary for a politician to be a politician. Politics is about more than leading effectively, it's also about convincing your constituents that you are leading effectively. Part of this is not being caught up in every little issue that comes up. People ask about a lot of things that aren't relevant to what a politician is doing or could spark a fire storm, and consequently you have to dodge the answer. I've been thinking about this, so allow me to demonstrate some questions I would dodge if I was mayor:
Have you ever had pre-marital sex?
What's the most alcohol you have ever consumed in a day?
Do republicans or democrats tend to be more racist?
Do you think that some politicians fabricate their faith for election day?
Do you think that homosexuals should be ordained ministers in your church?
In every case, I have an answer to the question. Not just that, but I have an answer to the question that I am 100% comfortable with. I also have no desire to touch off the media firestorm that would ensue by answering each. It would do nothing but distract from the issues at hand as none of these would in anyway determine my fitness for being mayor.
Now, we get to Ravenstahl specifically. "I did a good job of not answering that, didn't I?"
That sounds like he enjoys dodging these questions and THAT is not good. The politicians that are good for their constituents are leaders first and politicians second. Sure they sometimes have to get a little sleezy and dodge a question, but they do it because they believe they can make their constituents' lives better. What scares me about Luke (and to a lesser extent Dowd) is that he appears to enjoy being a politician more then he enjoys being a leader.
At this point, I think you probably can tell I'm speaking about Bob Mayo and Luke Ravenstahl. However, before we get to that I want to drive home my point.
For people who are new to the burghosphere or don't want to mess around with finding blogs and configuring Google Reader, I have spent sometime configuring my blog roll to be what I believe to be a great cross section of the available Pittsburgh Blogs. I have been getting my pittsburgh news and entertainment almost exclusively from blogs for over a year now, so I can assure you the list below is well vetted.
Each of the categories of blogs below is sorted by the most recently published, so you can use my blog (and the open in new tab or new window function) to filter through the new posts of the last couple days.
As always, I am happy to take suggestions for blogs to add to the list below.