With all due respect for the political prognosticator known as Jimmy C….
The losers I talk to are forecasting a victory for Sly James in today’s KC mayoral contest. Not for Mike Burke, as my well-heeled colleague Jim Fitzpatrick (Fitz choked out a cool five grand to Burke) wishfully predicted earlier today.
The reason: For starters, the weather.
Today’s pleasing climes will turn out voters in parts of town and of an age that will likely countermand the waspy white, older voters to whom meaningless support of over-the-hill former mayors counts for something.
In other words, it will bring out younger, hipper voters, to whom staid endorsements from the old guard are more likely to be seen as a reason to vote against rather than for Mike Burke.
That’s what I’m hearing anyway…
Younger voters want a canddidate who won’t be a Kay Barnes clone and give away even more of KC’s farm.
Of course, unlike Jimmy C, I neither have a dog in this fight – no cash investment and I live in Kansas – nor do I pretend to know what the actual outcome will be.
Just passing along what I’m hearing.
Including that the forces for Sly are working hard up north to get out the vote for the Family Stone. And who, by the by, won’t be partying at Crown Center or anyplace uppity like that.
James victory dance tonight – if indeed he dances it – will go down at the Negro Leagues Museum at 18th & Vine.
See you there.