In my neighborhood (I live in the geographical center of San Francisco, more or less), people will pour into the streets in celebration if a certain electoral outcome occurs this evening. It probably wouldn’t be the same craziness that ensued after Barack Obama defeated John McCain back in 2008, when hundreds of people partied on Divisadero Street and danced on top of parked cars, but it’ll still be quite festive if Obama gets a second term.
If Mitt Romney wins, it’ll be very quiet where I live. Nothing but the occasional taxi will be seen on Divisadero, and people in coffee shops up and down the street will furiously scan their iPads, researching the feasibility of moving to Canada.
Fleeing for Canada always sounds like a fun sour grapes post-election move, but Canadians are probably in a terrible mood these days with the NHL in lockout mode. So no matter which presidential candidate wins tonight, I recommend you stick around.
I don’t attend a lot (okay, any) political rallies, so the only times I’ve seen politicians in person over the past few years have been at quasi-sporting events like the 2010 Giants victory parade, the 49ers’ Santa Clara stadium groundbreaking, the Warriors “we want to build an arena on the San Francisco waterfront” presser, and of course the parade attended by an estimated 1.3 million on Wednesday. So in honor of this very special day that — one that will cause many of us to weigh the pros and cons of deleting our social media and email accounts — here are the politicians we saw drive by on Market Street.
We start with a bunch of mayors, so let’s do this in chronological order.
Here is Frank Jordan (Mayor of San Francisco, 1992-96) and an happy, well-adjusted little boy.
Willie Brown stuck around twice as long (SF Mayor, 1996-2004), and it seems like you can always see his face on TV or in a newspaper column. Remember when Willie did that football postgame show with Gary Radnich on CSN Bay Area? I’m the only one? All I remember was Brown was very interested in what players wore after the game.
I’ve now seen Gavin Newsom (SF Mayor, 2004-11) at the 2010 parade, the Warriors SF waterfront arena proposal press conference, and Halloween 2012. I still have no idea why the Lieutenant Governor was at the Warriors thing. Maybe Joe Lacob and Peter Guber promised him courtside seats if he showed? He was late to that event, by the way.
Here’s the current Mayor of San Francisco, Ed Lee, wearing a jacket he presumably borrowed from Craig Sager for the occasion. I didn’t make it to Civic Center, but I heard his speech went a little long. I remember thinking the same thing during the Warriors arena thing.
I swear Lee was sitting in the back of a convertible when I took this photo, but in looking at it now I’d rather imagine he was riding a pony here and repeatedly yelling “Yeehaw! I’m Madison Bumgardener!”
Nancy Pelosi was the only one of the parade politicians who was on the ballot I filled out on Thursday night and mailed in on Friday morning. Dianne Feinstein’s family had a car in the parade, but the senator herself was absent. Without looking it up, how hold do you think Pelosi is?
The answer: 72 years old.
I’m not going to tell you who to vote for, because I have a hard enough time trying to be a sportswriter and political blogging isn’t my thing. And I’m not someone who thinks everyone should vote — there are a lot of dummies out there who have a hard time naming the last two presidents, and they shouldn’t have a voice.
But those aren’t the people who visit this site. I’m sure most of you know how to read, and found a way to register to vote at some time or another. If that’s true, you really should vote today if you haven’t done the absentee thing. This kind of vote only happens once every four years, and unlike the Olympics we won’t have to deal with NBC trying to show us the results on tape-delay.