The SLC mayoral race is a bit cathartic for me. It is the one election here in Utah where I feel I can be on the winning side, where the best possible candidate might actually win. This year, I’ve been a fan of Becker from the get go. He has a background in urban planning, a good foundation for making decisions regarding the city, and was by far the most progressive candidate within a reasonably progressive pool.
Buhler, on the other hand, was my least favorite candidate. I don’t like the idea of a major who seems interested in pandering to the whim of any given private entity—even if that entity is the Church to which I belong. He is more interested in running against the current mayor than any candidate actually in the race (much as Lavar Christensen was more interested in running against Nancy Pelosi than the congressman whose seat he was seeking). And he was far and away the most conservative of the mayoral pool. Luckily, this is SLC, and Becker has a substantial lead over the conservative Buhler.
Unless I’m missing something big, I don’t see how Buhler’s marketing will help him. His primary message is to promote his career efficiency. “A Doer, not a Dreamer.” Call me a cynic, but I am not impressed that a legislator solidly within the overwhelming majority of the legislature was able to accomplish things. If he wants that to mean something to me, he needs to provide specific examples where he did something which wasn’t handed to him on a silver platter by the rest of the dittoheads in The Leg. Did he ever do anything which wasn’t blessed by the Republican majority, which involved some diplomacy and negotiation with significant opposition. So far, I haven’t heard of any. And what is wrong with being a dreamer? Once again, the conservative tries to shaft the liberal for being idealistic and thinking big.
The day we came home from our trip to Boston, we passed a billboard for Dave Buhler for SLC Mayor. After seeing that ad and its two taglines, we were even more perplexed. The taglines? “A Doer, not a Crusader.” Dave, Rocky isn’t running. Your opponent is Ralph Becker. if you can’t distinguish between Ralph and Rocky, how in the world do you expect me to believe you will be able to see the distinctions in the issues and challenges you’ll face in the office? You can’t just solve things by wailing “Crusader! Rocky! Pelosi! Gay Marriage”—especially when many of your constituents (including yours truly) like Rocky.
And the other catchphrase? “An Underdog, not a Blueprint Man.” Okay, now he’s contradicting himself, or at least his previous favorite slogan. Isn’t an undog by definition a dreamer? Regarding the second part, what in the world is wrong with an executive officer who is comfortable using blueprints? A blueprint is, after all, simply a plan; a vision which has been thought out, realistically considered, and prepared for implementation. Sounds like a good thing in an executive to me. And how in the world is being an underdog related to blueprints for the purpose of comparison and contrast?
I smell desperation in the air.