Status quo on the Terrace
But it was so much fun while it lasted!
The devastation of Clean Sweep is fairly complete--there's really not much to observe here other than a sweeping out to sea. It doesn't seem likely that the organization itself can continue with present company.
The flameouts were spectacular. Rudy Martinez will likely never enter politics again; and certainly it's a question as to whether he will maintain any interest in public service. Stephen Box will certainly continue to be an activist, but I would doubt he becomes a candidate again either. This does not speak well to the future of the organization, as there will be no names on which to build going forward. If it is to continue to exist, Clean Sweep must start from scratch.
[Tomas O'Grady, conversely--the man Clean Sweep pointedly overlooked--is looking like a good Council candidate in 2015--though his learning curve was steep, he climbed it majestically, and had Box showed up at all, O'Grady would be in a well-earned run-off against possibly the City's best-known Councilmember. O'Grady's is the star performance of this cycle. He also proved it isn't all about money: he finishes only 150 votes short of Martinez, who had over three times more money.]
And as for the flop of the cycle: to put Stephen Box's collapse into some kind of context, Brad Smith is going to end up with roughly twice as many votes as Box. Yes, Brad Smith, who at one point exited his race, then re-entered, and who was barely mentioned in media at all, let alone featured on a cover or endorsed by anyone of note, and of whom the presiding Councilman admonished "Don't vote for Smith" trounces Box nearly 2-1 before returning to his day job as early as later this week.
While we're considering the post-election landscape (and the petulant divas within it), someone should tell us the next would-be role of Clean Sweep's feral allies in the news section LA Weekly. Clean Sweep may or may not become post-political very soon, but the Weekly itself resolutely demonstrated a stripe of political impotence that indicated it is becoming inert as well. After all, it gave a cover to guy who was challenged to crack 15% and it ceaselessly astroturfed junk-posts at sympathetic blog sites rather engaging the City's real ongoing political dialog. The Weekly: not a factor in 2011. At all. No influence, none.
It's obvious to me, anyway: to truly reform this City--still drastically in need of reform--Kaye needs new friends most of all. He did so much better with buddies like Patsaouras and a different ensemble of characters in the Measure B showdown. Those who wish reform for the City should applaud his effort, and help him consider an earnest search for new--and more politically savvy--allies.