A year after we elected Mayor Karl Dean, is anybody else out there feeling buyer's remorse? Dean is developing a really bad habit of hiding from controversy. School rezoning, Bells Bend, the coming budget mess—you name it and Dean's dodging it. Whatever happened to that guy who promised progressive leadership?
In this week’s Scene
, we quiz Dean
about his tendency to go missing in action. A sample:
Scene: Generally, are you getting political advice to avoid controversy? That seems to be the theme that's developing here in your first term.
Dean: I disagree with the premise of the question. ... It's a mistake to think that on every single thing that happens in the city, every dispute, I need to weigh in on one side or the other. I get it from both sides. ... I don't know necessarily what the right answer is all the time. So I'm watching. I'm learning. I'm studying. I'm thinking.
Coincidentally, it’s the fabulous “Best of Nashville”
issue, so we also take the opportunity to wonder whether a certain someone might decide
to run for mayor again. We're guessing David Briley wouldn't need to do so much watching, learning, studying and thinking. Hey, we can dream, can’t we?