One complaint you typically hear from political journalists during campaign season is that there’s not enough substance – too many negative personal attacks and not enough focus on the candidates’ competing political visions.
In the Pittsburgh Mayor race, it’s quite the opposite. Head over to the Bill Peduto blog and you’ll find 50 concrete policy ideas he’ll push in office. And it’s not typical campaign pablum like Strengthening Our Neighborhoods and other empty slogans. Each idea post comes with 3-5 paragraphs of meaty policy content.
Bill’s done much more than the typical candidate to flesh out the agenda he’d pursue in office. Jack Wagner’s website doesn’t contain a single position on a city issue. Not even a cheap slogan grasping at an issue position.
So what gives? Are politics reporters smirking at this stuff, smugly predicting that none of it will pass? Too lazy or uncomfortable writing about policy to attempt an analysis of any of the proposals? Too “balanced” to admit that one candidate’s got a detailed agenda and the other candidate’s got Jack Shit?