Ok, friends. Overreaction shields up.
I get most of my network tv in the locker room and the elevator (I know, “ELITIST!!!!!!, Susan Boyle changed my life, etc.) So I may be late to the party.
But I just saw the most vapid and asinine political spot I think I’ve ever encountered (locker room, not elevator). In Texas, such ugly weeds usually spout from the campaigns of good ol’ boys. But this one comes from Perla Cavazos, a young woman with what a terrific background and what I am sure is a promising future. But check it:
Visual: A particularly menacing Valet Parking sign.
From Valet parking to $500,000 condos. Do you ever wonder if you’re still in Austin? I’m Perla Cavazos, and what makes Austin special is the people, not the buildings.
Given that it wouldn’t make much sense to twist off on central-city density or the or the urban planning wisdom of minimizing surface parking, I’m left to suppose that this is a poke at, well, what we used to call yuppies. (It’s come to this, fellow yuppies. We’re being attacked from below on the age scale. How sad. I guess that just makes us “uppies.”) Oh, and probably real estate developers. Always a good idea for a candidate to bare her teeth at those meanies.
And then, the ad gets worse. Ms. Cavazos spends her next 15 seconds sound-biting the need to make health care and energy more affordable (which she could affect about as much from the Council as she could improve the dismal state of the Yankees’ middle relief pitching.)
So let’s spot Ms. Cavazos what I know, which is that many of my smart, civic-minded friends support her. Let’s also spot her what I suspect, which is that she got some reprehensibly cynical media advice from somebody in sandals who still thinks SOS is coming back (and mind you, I supported SOS and own more pairs of sandals than the average yuppie). But I still won’t vote for her. By making this silly and divisive ad the centerpiece of her campaign, she has demonstrated that she doesn’t have what we need most in our public servants: judgment. Maybe next time. But boy, will she have a helluva time with the valet lobby…