You are right, Rick Spanier, Safier is not that kind of animal (the non-partisan kind). However, he often tries to frame his blog posts as though he is. In this one, for example, he pretends the issue is patronage hiring and firing. For the benefit of the occasional new reader who may at first be led to believe that what they see in these blogs is noble discourse produced by a reliable defender of sound practices in the management of public institutions, it's good when the comment streams call Safier out on his partisan hackery, so thank you for being one of those who has done so repeatedly and effectively. (Nice image of the manatee and the four minute mile.)
Safier's real motives are a mystery. It's clear what he can be expected to do: defend Pima Democratic Party candidates and the lines of argument being used to promote their continuing ability to manage Tucson's beleaguered public institutions, no matter how grave and obvious their misuse of public office has been. And the flip side: attack Republican office holders for doing the same things he pulls punches on when Democratic office holders do them.
But why? Commenters joke that he is motivated by getting dinner invitations to the Grijalvas' or appearances on Anne-Eve Pedersen's now defunct television program, but what's the real reason? I suspect it may be something similar to the argument made in a book I came across recently which defended the legacy of the Tammany Hall machine in NYC: "Tammany's corruption was real, but so was its heretofore forgotten role in protecting marginalized and maligned immigrants in desperate need of a political voice." (Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics).
How about it, David? Care to fill us in? Maybe you could do an article on the legitimate role that lies, patronage, and graft can and should play in protecting the oppressed -- when it's people belonging to the right political party who practice them. Or you could write a review of the above-mentioned book saying just where you agree and disagree. At least then what you write in these blogs would be an HONEST representation of what you ACTUALLY believe, which is clearly NOT that lies, patronage and graft and those who practice them have no legitimate role in our public institutions, since you just endorsed two candidates for the Board of a public school district who were involved in this:
and who work in concert with a fellow Board member who did this:
Thanks for the eye opener about "wrong."I'll have to pay more attention to my thought process.
Expecting Safier to be bipartisan is like betting on a manatee to run a four minute mile. It would be amazing but not likely.
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