The Seattle P-I’s Joel Connelly asks “Is there no one to challenge Mayor Nickels?” — to which I answer: why not you, Joel?
Really… why not?
Of course, you likely wouldn’t win, but there’s no shame in losing, and while you may not qualify as a “front-rank foe,” you’d certainly provide a better rhetorical challenge than your run of the mill also-ran. And if you did win, well, you could probably use the job… and wouldn’t you prefer being the mayor rather than working for the mayor like nearly every other ex-journalist in Seattle?
But seriously, Joel’s got a point: why is there no one to challenge Mayor Nickels? I don’t dislike Mayor Nickels, and considering Seattle’s endemic indecisiveness, a little Chicago-style politics isn’t always such a bad thing, but come on folks, it’s not like he’s Richard Friggin’ Daley. Third terms are never an easy win for executives out here, where even our political establishment easily tires of itself, and a serious challenge would be good for both the city and Nickels. (Unless, of course, he loses. Then it’s not so good for Nickels after all. But you get the point.)
So with Burgess and Smith out, and Licata and Steinbrueck dithering, I say run, Joel, run. At the very least it would give your friends on the Seattle Times editorial board conniptions come endorsement season.