Monday, June 2, 2008

The Circus Is Coming To Town

Well, that didn't take long.

There are ominous rumblings from Utica City Hall that this week's Saranac Thursday is going to be a three-ring circus featuring a bevy of politicians, all smiling for the crowd and posing for the cameras. It might be shocking to some that the local gladhanders can turn a tragedy into a political opportunity, but never underestimate their ability to exploit a simple street party and turn it into a political rally.

There's going to be a lot of speechifying about Matt's importance to the community, helping them rebuild, and praising the police and fire department, but this is really about getting some face time and parasitically exploiting the goodwill that Matt's, and Saranac Thursday, have built up. They might even try to milk it for yet another ill-conceived "development plan" larded up with pork for the politically connected. After all, they can't really "help" without spending your tax dollars.

Let the show begin.