A Unicorn In Every Garage And A Gay Marriage In Every Pot
Rebecca Livengood's case for her own re-election:
Since I arrived in New Haven three years ago, my experiences in the community have shaped my understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing our city. I have seen this firsthand as I have worked with student groups and community leaders in seeking responsible development, environmental sustainability, gay rights, homelessness and security.Yeah, I'm pretty sure she didn't mean "seeking...homelessness." Also, city governments aren't empowered to establish gay rights.
Now, taking it as read that "responsible development" is a term loaded to the point of incomprehensibility, Livengood seems to have no inkling that there could ever be a tension among goals like economic development, environmental protection, unionization -- as if there are no hard decisions, only, on the one hand, the decisions that good, community-loving, commonweal-serving progressives would make, versus, on the other hand, the decisions that nasty, rapacious (neo?)conservatives would make.
Needless to say, I second these sentiments from Jamie Kirchick, who appears to have been demoted to guest columnist:
So the crux of this race is what it always has been: not the environment, not "responsible development," not "social justice" or whatever other buzz-phrase the Undergraduate Organizing Cult wishes to blind us with. Those values are all important, but this election is about the power of national special interests to dictate local development projects.I'm hoping to be surprised, but it's looking like the special interests win.
UPDATE: So much for pessimism. Shalek wins by 58 votes out of ~700.