Why am I drinking Mike McGinn’s wine? Because he was out of beer.
Yeah, sure, I didn’t actually work for McGinn, and in fact, I voted for Mayor Nickels in the primary. But I gave McGinn my vote in the general election, and since I don’t expect a job offer in return, and he was holding a victory party down in my neck of the woods, I thought I’d stop by and grab myself a free drink or two.
And it was quite a party, filled with folks celebrating not just a new mayor, but a new regime in which the powers that be, no longer are.
That said, there were still quite a few familiar political faces in attendance, but fortified by the good cheer of the crowd (and a little of Mike McGinn’s wine) I’m willing to give the new mayor and his supporters the benefit of the doubt. At the best, we could be on the verge of one of the most progressive and effective administrations Seattle has ever seen. At the worst, it’ll at least be fun to watch.