News & Politics
DURST: The Mongoose Watching the Cobras
April 25, 2000
The Republican Party gritted its teeth so hard, they actually drew gum blood when endorsing Mayor Willie Brown's re-election bid. Must have been similar to the excitement a family of cobras feels while puffing up hoods to elect a mongoose to watch over their nest. Of course Republicans only make up about 15 percent of San Francisco's 450,000 registered voters, so the recommendation is not earth shattering, but with the expected closeness of the upcoming election, every little bit is going to count. A Central Committee member said, and please ignore the vague Communist Party overtones: "We are dealing with shades of gray here, but shades that are so clear there are no shadows." Those shadows that don't exist are cast by Willie's run-off rival, Tom Ammiano. We're talking about an organization that would rather be videotaped smoking crack with a group of naked girl scouts in a leopard-fur lined New Jersey dumpster than align itself with Tom Ammiano. A man who is to the Republican Party what a sixteen pound sledgehammer is to a glass shelf of stemmed crystal goblets. Just a little to the left of Fidel, which is why the hens want the fox watching over their house. A lot more predictable than the weird goose who just might give the hen house away to the homeless as a shelter.Will Durst wonders when the White Supremacists are going to check in.