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define: politicize

Posted by whforums on August 12, 2008

Up in the air. It’s not a bird, or a plane … it’s a different kind of hero. It’s your whole Town Council, swooping in not to save you, but your leaves.

According to this morning’s Courant, on the morning of our first Town Council meeting in a good long while, everybody’s falling all over themselves to be the savior of leaf pickup in West Hartford.

Visconti and Adler have authored a resolution to bring leaf pickup back to West Hartford — supposedly because they’re listening to the people, but at least in part because they’re trying to score political points.

Slifka in turn has been negotiating with a contractor to lower the price of leaf pickup to make it suddenly affordable. Supposedly because he’s listening to the people, but at least in part because he’s trying to score political points.

Leon Davidoff has supposedly taken a middle ground, saying “I’m just looking to get from A to Z on this; I’m not interested in politicizing it.” In other words, rather than politicizing the “hot button issue” of leaf pickup, Davidoff is positioning himself as the non-politicizing councilperson, and in so doing he has politicized the act of non-politicizing (which is better than politicizing leaf pickup, but I think that’s what I’m supposed to think).

Mercy, people. I don’t need you to be my hero. You know what? If you’d stop making me feel so manipulated, I probably wouldn’t even need you to pick up my leaves …

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