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Monday, March 14, 2005

Magic Man

MagicA larger than life figure in Los Angeles for years has been Earvin "Magic" Johnson. Starting off as the legendary #32 for the World Champion Los Angles Lakers, in his retirement, Magic has re-made himself as an extraordinarily succesful businessman, becoming involved in many ventures primarily in the inner city. He has worked to bring top corporations to minority and low income areas across the country.

He is now trying his hand at NASCAR.

Long the province of Southern "crackers" NASCAR or "stock car" racing has become the largest sport in America, eclipsing Major League Baseball, the NFL, the NBA and other sports. However, it is not a sport that until recently has tried to reach out to minorities. Magic has come in to boost the sport among non-whites.

As well, through his business ventures, Magic has dabbled in local Los Angeles politics. Many have suggested he could run for office some day.

What if Tony Villar came up short on election day and we then slog through four years of a lame duck Mayor Poopy. In 2009, Magic could run for Mayor. He would take office a month before his 50th birthday.

As a succesful Mayor for eight years - with all his business connections - Magic could take on the Governor's seat - or maybe - given all the connections he could earn down South with his NASCAR connections - go straight to President of the United States.

A bit fantastical I admit, but it could happpen.

17 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Bull:

Sam's gotten into your evidence room and is smokin' Bob Mitchum's reefers again.

March 15, 2005 5:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Has he endorsed?

March 15, 2005 10:11 AM  

Blogger SacramentoNighties said:

You OBVIOUSLY never saw Magic's old late night TV show (or the savage takeoffs on it on MAD TV). He could barely complete a sentence, made up unintelligible new words, and appeared out of it much of the time - even when his abbreviated lines and questions were printed on cue cards in front of him.

On the other hand, you're obviously into hero worship and symbolism over substance if you'd support an empty suit like Attention-Deficit Villaraigosa -- who has to be wound up (like a wind-up toy, with a key) before each outing and reminded repeatedly which group he's pandering to at that exact moment. This might just be your ideal NEXT mayor.

How about Kobe for City Attorney after Delgadillo's done (assuming the Laker's make the playoffs, of course)? He's had some recent legal experience. If we ever get an NFL franchise again, we can start grooming some of the older players on the team right away -- so they can take over City Council seats when they retire..

Or, let's just give Magic a plaque foir his hard work, and put him on some advisory panel on business development,

March 15, 2005 11:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sacto: Although I don't buy your comments about AV, I have to admit that your last post was funny. Symbolism does trump substance.

How else did Rocky (who knows absolutely nothing about being an attorney and practiced law at O'Melveny for a minute ) beat Mike Freurer?

March 15, 2005 1:33 PM  

Blogger SacramentoNighties said:

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March 15, 2005 2:34 PM  

Blogger SacramentoNighties said:

"Symbolism does trump substance."

I'm glad you agree that ADV®'s success so far in this race must be "symbolic" (since he has no substance). Is your point then, that -- since naming Delgadillo was a mistake, we should DO IT AGAIN and now "promote" a do-nothing "honorary" councilmember to a symbolic mayor's position for the next term? Perhaps this is the future of the L.A.'s mayoralty. If so, let's get Johnny Grant to take the spot, and just have him cut ribbons and place stars on the sidewalk up and down Spring Street. (He's had a LOT of experience).

Fortunately, more than half the voters disagreed with that premise in 2001 -- and will again in May. Coming soon to a runoff near you. . . Hahn: 51.5; ADV® 48.5.

March 15, 2005 2:36 PM  

Blogger Athena said:

Glad to see nighties willing to make a prediction, so that s/he can be rightfully humiliated post-election.

Here are the right numbers:

Villaraigosa 56%, Hahn 44%.

A blowout? Yes.

Here's why:

LA Times exit poll:

2nd choice of Parks voters: AV 38, JH 24.

2nd choice of Hertzberg voters: AV 44, JH 17.

Parks voters: 32 favorable Hahn, 68 unfavorable. Villaraigosa: 64 favorable, 36 unfavoarable.


Hertzberg voters: 22 favorable Hahn, 78 unfavorable. Villaraigosa; 57 favorable, 43 unfavorable.

LMU exit survey:

Parks vote splits: 21 to 51 for Villaraigosa. Hertzberg vote splits 30 to 49 for Villaraigosa.

March 15, 2005 3:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ATHENA

Exit polls also had Bradley winning in 1982 and, oh yeah, Kerry in 2004. Remember Kerry, the guy for whom Tony was suppose to moblize the Latino vote. Didn't Bush get record number of Latino votes for a Republican? I'm sure Kerry regrets his choice.

In the privacy of the voting booth people will vote with their racist, bigotted, elitist little hearts. But these White, Black and Jewish voters are astute enough to say the right thing in public. Subtle racism means telling people what they want to hear and doing something else. Just like Tony's consultants, tell Latino voters what they want to hear, they're too stupid to figure it out anyway. And if they do figure it out it will be too late or cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to rectify.

March 15, 2005 3:59 PM  

Blogger Anon-in-the-know said:

Wake up, "Athena" (or possibly it's just Harriman, resurrected). SN made that prediction Wed. a.m., right after the primary results were announced and has repeated it pretty much daily since. But, there are a couple of very critical things about exit polls that none of ADV's people (want to) take into account:

-- They measure people who are doing what? Answer: "exiting" (the polls). SO, no absentees (nearly one-third of the voters this time, and skewed much different than the people who voted at the polls). Even those exit polls that attempt to realign themselves to take that into account are only making extrapolated guesses based on other races.

-- They become outdated just as soon as the primary results are announced, since people have typically paid the most attention during the primary to: 1) their own choice of candidates, and, in this case, 2) the incumbent -- and not much else. The re-evaluation of their second choice (which, at the time they exit polls, is not much more than ashoot-from-the-hip, beauty pagent call), begins all over again, then.

-- Remember exit polls from the first week of November, 2004?

And finally, if you want to see how much things can change in 10 weeks, just look back 10 weeks before the primary -- and get a clue. SN's prediction (based, he/she said on the fact ADV was barely able to increase primary share by 50 per cent 4 years ago from, from 30 to 45, against the same opponent), is probably just as good a "guess" as something based on exit polling 10 weeks before the final vote. They're all unfounded guesses right now, but we know something about this pairing from 4 years ago, and know it's going to be a roller-coaster ride for everyone, with a lot of jockeying week-to-week.

March 15, 2005 4:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Agreed with the above. SN has always been right on the money. Look at how ridiculous the KABC poll looks now. No one believes the LAT Exit Poll because we all know they fudge the numbers for their golden boy. The Survey one is also getting slammed by everyone. Amazing how MEAT posted those laughable numbers before the election. I know people who promised Antonio to vote and campaign for him because ADV is paying off people and harrassing them. Although like they said he burned us too many times. So when they get in the booth it will be payback by punching the Hahn circle.

March 15, 2005 5:30 PM  

Blogger Athena said:

I will concede that exit polls are not perfect, but they can isolate trends. Here you have two separate exit polls that show the exact same thing. The Hertzberg and the Parks vote is much more favorable towards AV than JH, and by every indication is breaking towards AV in large numbers.

As for the Times bias, remember, the 3/1 Times poll was 24 AV, 21 BH and 20 JH. Whose vote was most underreprented by the Times?

The Times exit data was reweighted to reflect the overall vote (33/24/22) and not the Election Day vote (36.3, 21.4, 20.7.

Hahn is running steeply uphill in this runoff. You can either believe the facts or you can resort to magical thinking and conspiracy theories.

March 16, 2005 10:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here is the breakdown:

BS hertzerg will NOT be endorsing antonio. I am sure all the insiders here think it is due to some homoerotic incident when they were roommates, or because bob wants hahn to win for a clearer shot in 2008, or because hertzberg is about ideas and not fattening his book of business by endorsing someone. Nope. All you insiders forget that hertzberg's wife, who calls all the shots in godzilla's life, absolutely detests antonio. end of story.

Parks - he will not endorse. He is getting grief from some of the older pastors and people who put him in that they do not want tony in. parks is gonna do nothing.

Alarcon - he is gonna endorse walter moore.

blog away

March 16, 2005 10:37 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What happened in Sacramento with ADV and Huggy? It was obvious neither of them wanted the subject to come up. IF Huggy would have laid Antonio out he would be in the run off I'm sure. Bitter Bernie won't endorse anyone who doesn't go along with his stupid idea of getting rid of 3-12. I sure wish ADV wld back him on that so we can blast his little ass back. The blacks are backing Hahn cause they don't want a Latino with that much political power and forget about them.

March 16, 2005 11:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"You can either believe the facts..."

"Athena," thank you, again, for your Harriman-esque condescension (S/he's BAAAAAAAACK!)

You're entitled to offer any interpretation of the various sets of numbers floating around, and those that will keep surfacing anews. It's a free country! You're NOT entitled to claim your interpretations are "the facts," however. Not until May 18, 2005. Facts are based on people actions –AT THE TIME. Everything else is conjecture.

Exit polls that “isolate trends” up to the primary become useless after it. Isolated “trends” that exclude nearly one third of the votes actually and most likely to be cast (again) are even more useless. “Favorables” change every time a news story hits the street detailing some previously unknown aspect of a candidate’s legacy (over 9 more weeks…). Being “favorable” towards a candidate is not even close to being the same thing as supporting them enough to vote. In a nasty two-way contest, people who are only “favorable” may just as often stay home in disgust… (Note: 26 percent turnout WITH 5 major candidates).

In your previous post, you based a huge “landslide” prediction on all these imprecise, dated, trending numbers. The only “fact” in evidence here is that your bias is so painfully obvious it’s blinding.

March 16, 2005 12:27 PM  

Blogger Big "O" Hahn Job said:

To: Anonymous 10:37 AM, March 16, 2005 Here is the breakdown:

You are right about Hertzberg not endorsing ADV, but why is the question. And you are very close to the truth. The truth is that there was and incident in Saco. when they were roommates. And yes Bob’s wife does call all the shots and absolutely detest ADV.

The incident was that Bobby is the one who ratted out ADV. Bobby told Cynthia (his wife) and the she turned around and told Corina (ADV's wife), that is why Cynthia hates ADV. Viva la mujer, women should stick up for other women.

March 16, 2005 1:00 PM  

Blogger Big "O" Hahn Job said:

To: Anonymous 10:37 AM, March 16, 2005 Here is the breakdown:

You are right about Hertzberg not endorsing ADV, but why is the question. And you are very close to the truth. The truth is that there was and incident in Saco. when they were roommates. And yes Bob’s wife does call all the shots and absolutely detest ADV.

The incident was that Bobby is the one who ratted out ADV about hes cheating. Bobby told Cynthia (his wife) and the she turned around and told Corina (ADV's wife), that is why Cynthia hates ADV. Viva la mujer, women should stick up for other women.

March 16, 2005 1:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh my GAWD. That means ADV's entering the mayor's race late was just a "double vendetta" -- get Hahn back for beating him last time, and get Hertzberg back for past grievances at the same time -- screwing him (or Parks?) out of being in the runoff. ADV must be absolutely consumed with venom to the point where he can't keep still in one job and wait a couple years. Every race is about personal animosity, first and foremost. (And his wife HAS to know what's behind all this... yikes!)

TONY'S the "Bitter" Boy here -- Antonio Villaraigo-sour!

March 16, 2005 1:45 PM  

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