The Hook, a weekly newspaper in Charlottesville, has an article in the current issue leading up to the city council election next Tuesday whose dramatic headline asks: “Countdown: Can Dems Retake Council?”
I’m tempted to say that question is sooooo Charlottesville, but I’m afraid it’s rather typical of Dems these days (in Charlottesville, like many other places, “Democrat” and “journalist” and “editor” are synonyms.) What, you must be asking by now, bothers me about that headline? It’s this: “retake” suggests the Democrats, now in a minority, may be poised to regain a majority on the city council. Isn’t that what it suggests to you?
Wrong! The current make-up of the city council is 4 Democrats and 1 Republican. When that one Republican, Rob Schilling, a very bright and appealing transplant from southern California, was elected in 2002, he was the first Republican to be elected to the city commission in 16 years, and is still the only one. The Democrats have launched a frenzied attack to unseat him this year.
Thus, as The Hook’s odd and misleading headline neatly reveals, to Charlottesville Democrats “retake” means ousting the only Republican and returning to a council that is made up only of Democrats.
And these Democrats, mind you, are true-blue, college town Democrats. As such, they are all such firm believers in “diversity” that they believe achieving it is important enough to justify discriminating against some people based entirely on their race or ethnicity. (That’s what racial preference requires.)
In short, the Democrats all stand for “diversity.” But they can’t stand it on the city council, where they prefer the easy harmony of lockstep, one-party groupthink.