Thursday, November 01, 2007

cue the fat lady

[A]ccording to Kirk Jowers, director of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics[,]
"When you're the underdog, you don't need to be leading in these polls, but you have to show some momentum," Jowers said. [...]
Becker, an urban planner and the Democratic House minority leader, held virtually the same 20-percentage-point edge among men and women, according to the poll.
It seems like voters have seen through the "nice" and "reasonable guy" routine as well.
Significant margins also break Becker's way in the favorable/unfavorable category, according to the poll.
More than 60 percent of likely voters give Becker a favorable mark compared with 46 percent for Buhler.
And 27 percent recognized Buhler as unfavorable, compared with just 12 percent for Becker.
Stick a fork in Buhler, because he is done.

1 comment:

B. Disraeli said...

While I have been privileged being a constituent of both gentlemen running for Salt Lake City mayor, I am disturbed by recent developments characterized as chaotic and organizational atrophy by some observations. Is Ralph Becker overwhelmed by his yearlong responsibility as a candidate for Salt Lake City Mayor? Or, is this a final swagger symptomatic of presumed victory and the real cause for his lethargic campaign performance?

Mr. Becker missed one debate and arrived late at another campaign appearance because of an unraveling office and an organizational nightmare. Curiously, he snubbed an event sponsored by his peers in the legal profession and expressed more irritation over the inconvenience of interrupting his schedule than support for the issue of affordable housing in Salt Lake City.

In over two decades of community service, Dave Buhler exemplifies conscientious and tireless service as Cabinet member for the Governor, state senator, city councilman, professor, and commissioner of higher education. By his actions of enthusiastic advocacy, he reveals the sacred obligation he has for his fellow citizens as students, constituents, or colleagues in working above and beyond his duty to honor the trust bestowed on him by us.

Mr. Becker has many fine qualities and a legacy of principled commitment throughout his career as statesman and environmental advocate. Unfortunately, his election as mayor will very likely hazard his sterling reputation and his record of achievement for the public good. While Mr. Becker is a worthy adversary and competent legislator, these attributes are not acceptable substitutes for executive skills and administrative mastery. In government, creative inertia is the animating agent and guiding principle for all bureaucratic activity. If he cannot tame his own campaign apparatus, then how could he possibly hope to master the serpentine layers of city hall?