Enough already?

- September 28th, 2010

My colleague Michael Platt took flak from some people on Twitter this week for the column to which I just linked, lamenting the lack of real excitement in this race. A “dreary drag” he called it.

It’s been a race many of us have wanted to get excited about, but some of us have had a hard time getting wound up about our options.

Add to that the fact that it seems to be a seemingly endless stretch of forums that seems never-ending as we crawl toward Oct. 18, and people wonder why Platt wrote what he wrote.

There have been standouts so far. Ric McIver and Naheed Nenshi have appeared to be the key rivalry, as the Barb Higgins campaign stalled due to a campaign manager switch and getting wrapped up in whether to release her campaign donations. She finally caved to pressure and did so on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Bob Hawkesworth can’t seem to shake his tunnel vision, and even when he manages to pull his head out of the still-fictional hole in the northeast he’s pitching arts policy. Well at least he has set himself apart.

Outside of McIver and Nenshi, the only candidate that has released cogent policy worth debating has been Craig Burrows, and despite some good ideas, he seems to be languishing in the polls.

Wayne Stewart doesn’t appear to be gaining any traction. Alnoor Kassam and Kent Hehr opted to step aside. And Joe Connelly had all but vanished until new “Take Back Your City” signs popped up and he came forward with his “crowd-sourcing” idea, or as I like to call it, the “Can’t someone else do it?” form of governing.

And don’t even get me started on the rest of the pack.

So is there something to get excited about? I hope so.

Have I found it yet? Still looking.

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