Has anyone seen my clown suit?
Speaking of One Southern Indiana, an as usual, my colleague (and campaign manager) Jeff hits the sweet spot over at Facebook:
"Irony Alert ... Columbus Chamber of Commerce study says downtown development and increased public transit are primary strategies to attract and retain talent. I wonder if Michael Dalby will call them delusional on his first day?”
One Southern Indiana chief to resign; Michael Dalby takes similar position in Columbus, Ohio, by David A. Mann (News and Tribune)The fact is, he might not. When the symphony cuts your check, you play waltzes by Strauss; at Ryman, it’s the pedal steel.
Michael Dalby, president and CEO of economic development agency One Southern Indiana, announced he is leaving for a similar position in Columbus, Ohio.
Over the course of the past five years, as we've jousted early and often with 1Si's imported Texan, it has occasionally forgotten that professional front men are precisely that.
The problem here in Southern Indiana never was Dalby. It isn’t 1Si’s staff, either, many of whom know better. Rather, it was (and remains) the shadowy backroom oligarchs like Kerry Stemler, whose only known stock in trade is familiar, extractive strategies for wealth accumulation, which lead us to $4 billion bridges projects, municipalities footing air conditioning bills for billion dollar multi-nationals, and economic "development" interests playing footsie with the fundamentalist Ayatollahs at ROCK.
If ever there were a case to be made for people power, it is here and now in Southern Indiana. Unfortunately, Dalby used exactly the right word in the wrong context when he uttered his never-to-be-forgotten reference to "delusional." It's going to take a while for us to reason with the chickens who insist that voting for Colonel Sanders, Ron Grooms and Mitch Daniels is a good idea, but if I didn't believe it could be done, we'd be off for exile in Madison, Wisconsin. As the Edge once noted:
Now kings will rule and the poor will toil
And tear their hands as they tear the soil
But a day will come in this dawning age
When an honest man sees an honest wage
Or, as I wrote last night after four pints of progressive justice, bear in mind that the sad white men voting the fundamentalist oligarch's party line in Indianapolis will not succeed in reversing history. Demographics will out. Sorry Ed, sorry Ron. It's all over.
I'll say this for Dalby: Even when the rhetoric was at its most florid, I could always have a conversation with him. I wish him well in Ohio. Next time I’m in Columbus, I honestly hope it’s possible to meet with him and chat. He can even watch me drink for a while.
It’ll be fun, and maybe I won’t have to drive.