Tuesday, June 26, 2007

What makes Ravenstahl a Democrat?

The Trib provides some analysis on DeSantis' campaign launch today. From the previous Republican mayoral nominee:

Weinroth thinks the GOP eventually could win the office, if enough Pittsburghers conclude one-party control hurts the city.
"We don't even have a one-party system," he said. "Bill Peduto dropped out because he knew he couldn't beat the anointed one, so to speak, the person supported by the (Democratic) committee and the leadership, and that's Luke Ravenstahl right now."
Others think that the Democrats in Allegheny county have co-opted Republican principles.

DeSantis has vowed to go for a full merger of city-county services and purchases (economies of scale), minimizing bureacracy within the school system (and likely other municipal bodies), and is business-minded (having had plenty of work experience). He seems to embody paleo-con Republican values of being fiscally conservative, keeping govt and public dollars out of private enterprise, and minimizing govt, generally. I have been wondering for quite some time but without much of an argument one way or another:

What makes Ravenstahl a Democrat?


Mark Rauterkus said...

Luke's voter registration is what makes him a Dem. Little else of merit, except:

Luke's parents make him a D. Little else of his own doing keeps him a D in principle.

Luke's friends, such as Dan Onorato and Mr. Zober, Ed Rendell and others (such as state reps) make Luke a D too.

Luke's home town -- a one-party town -- keeps Luke as a D.

Luke's envy helps him feel at home among the Ds. Luke's 'me' attitude fits in well too.

Paul B. said...

I believe that all Dems are actually republicans. The relationship the party has had over the years with the large corporations and the decisions made in their favor is evidence of this. It makes little difference which party, either will favor big business over the neighborhoods every time. No need to believe in party loyalty once you've given your allegiance to the old corporations or now, the new power non-profits.