The sky is falling! The sky is falling! But wait, why is the sky falling?
Is it possible that political golden boy and San Franciscan Gavin Newsom could fall because of . . . a completely mundane, average, middle-American infidelity scandal? Whaaaaa?!? In San Francisco? Not a same-sex affair? Not something involving indiscretions at Burning Man? Not something more, I don't know, more Bay Area?
Quote of the day comes from, surprisingly, someone other than Chris Daly:
Jack Davis, a political consultant who helped elect Brown and former Mayor Frank Jordan and was looking for someone to challenge Newsom, said, "There is nothing new in that story that I haven't been aware of for the last six months. Now that it's public and out there, Gavin ought to resign and seek psychiatric help."Resign and seek psychiatric help? For what? Yeah, he messed up, but he doesn't need a shrink or a prescription to figure that out.
There's a peculiar elegance in the possibility of Newsom perhaps derailing because of an average extra-marital affair. See, I told you San Francisco wasn't that far from the same Puritanical roots as the rest of the country. Is the city somewhat absolved of its queer-friendliness if the mayor is disgraced under such normal circumstances? Is this the ultimate San Francisco-ness: a city so down its own rabbit whole it reconnects to the rest of the country and thus rehabilitates the San Francisco values image by being the same kind of marriage-unfriendly as, say, the Midwest?
See THIS is the kind of family values problem that Americans can look up to. Not that gay marriage nonsense. Nay, that drives us apart from the mean. Let's get back to our roots. Cheating husbands! Cheating wives! Divorce!
And all is right with the world again. Amen.