Sunday, May 08, 2005

World-Herald Not So "Friend-ly"

by Kyle Michaelis
The Omaha World-Herald knows a winner when it sees one and has put its quite obvious partisan leanings aside for the moment to endorse Mayor Mike Fahey without reservation for a second term. This is almost surely the second-to-last nail in the coffin of the Dave Friend campaign, with Omaha voters picking up the hammer Tuesday to deliver the final blow. That's one horse that just wasn't able to get out of the gate, as much as the local media, including the OWH, tried to make an interesting race of it.

Here's what they had to say:
The World-Herald editorial endorsing Fahey four years ago said "a new cooperative, collegial, respectful tone coming out of city government should help overcome the perception that Omaha is a city divided by geography, race and income."

Mike Fahey has been instrumental in establishing such a tone, and the city is the better for it. He has pursued the well-being of Omahans in a broad sense, one that reflects a varied life experience gleaned from business, politics and civic involvement.

Omaha voters would do well by their city to elect him to another term.
Just think of all the bad puns using Friend's name that will now go unusued. Enough to make a headline-writer weep even if it is in Omaha's best interest.

More importantly, just what was this guy thinking making Omaha's police response times, which are as good as they've ever been, his number one issue. It may be a nice soundbyte at the Senior's Center, but that does not a campaign make. Friend's still running commercials on local tv with this the only subject. Frankly, I think he would have been better off trying on that much talked about cheerleading outfit.

He's still got time to try this one out at his concession speech: "Hey Fahey, you're so're so fine you blow my mind...hey Fahey...hey Fahey..."

When all else fails, fall back on 80s pop music. Everyone knows that.


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