Mayor Greg Ballard won reelection and Dr. Frank Straub retained his place of prominence. Straub can continue his assault on the morale of the Indianapolis Metro Police, and try a few more of his brilliant doctorate ideas. Don’t fret though, all indications point to a Straub departure in the near future.
The more important result in this election was not that Ballard beat a Kennedy, it’s that the Democrats regained control of the City-County Council. By the way, did anyone bother to look at the number of votes the Libertarian council candidates received. The Republicans probably would have retained their council majority if they had been more conservative. Approximately 10,000 votes for a Libertarian candidate meant 10,000 fewer votes for a moderate Republican. Yet another example of why compromise never works out for a spineless politician.
I digress: The best possible outcome may have taken place on Tuesday. Ballard wins and the Dems retake the council. The local media immediately began to question, “Can Ballard and the council work together!?” Who cares!? I prefer that they don’t “work together” and we have 4 years of complete governmental inaction. However, I have a sneaking suspicion that Ballard won’t have a problem working with the Democrat-controlled City-County Council; because Mayor Ballard isn’t too far from being a Democrat himself. Let’s face it; if Marion County Republicans are conservative, then Obama is a centrist. Let’s hope Ballard and the Council Dems can’t agree on where to waste our money.
So much attention is given to the concept of “working together.” This concept usually means that conservatives must sacrifice their deeply held values for immoral liberal ones and liberals get to remain entrenched in their failed philosophies. I pray our local government becomes stagnant and ineffective, because when they are passing laws they are usually limiting our liberties and spending our money. So bring on the stalemate; it’s the best possible solution to our problems.