On Tuesday, I deplored how the Richardson mayor's race has turned personal and negative. Today, I add cynical.
That's a line used by Laura Maczka in her closing statement during the recent candidate forum at Mohawk Elementary School. She was referring to the endorsement of Amir Omar by the Richardson Fraternal Order of Police, the Richardson Firefighters Association, and the MetroTex Association of Realtors. But Maczka didn't name them. She didn't say firefighters, police and realtors. She said "unions" and "special interests." Given that "unions" are reviled in Texas and "special interests" reviled everywhere, it's probably good politics. It's as if Maczka expected her audience to shudder a little and silently pray, "No!"Do you want a mayor who is beholden to unions and special interests?
Source: Laura Maczka.
After the jump, why it's so deeply cynical.
It's cynical because for the line to work, voters need to throw 2011 down the memory hole. Unfortunately for her, Laura Maczka didn't scrub her own Facebook page of certain inconvenient posts from the 2011 city council election:
That was then. This is now. Being beholden to unions and special interests is a bad thing. It has always been a bad thing. Pay no attention to what was said in 2011.
I'm beginning to understand where my own cynicism comes from. It rubs off from politicians.Oceania was not after all at war with Eurasia. Oceania was at war with Eastasia: Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia.
Source: 1984, by George Orwell.