Sunday, December 10, 2006

"Media-kissed mayoral Prince Charmings are really just frogs"

Anne Marie DeCicco-BestJoel Kotkin in the San Francisco Chronicle looks at how big city mayoralty is becoming a trendy platform for upward political mobility in America — in part because success and failure in the position is relatively immune from ordinary standards of media scrutiny. This is obviously a trend worth avoiding in Ontario…

[E]ven real-world failures may not be enough to stop the rise of these mayors. In our media age, being telegenic, hip and cool, and on the same cultural wavelength with the reporter class may prove more effective than a mere record of real accomplishment. Cities may not be what they once were in terms of power and influence. But as central players in the media's political theater, the mayors still hold many advantages in ascending the greasy pole.