Saturday, April 10, 2010

Another - Brawwkkk! - Theory

As I was driving to Milwaukee today - to watch the Brewers get pounded by the Cardinals as it turned out - it dawned on me that we had all missed the obvious explanation for the surprising election victory of Scott Munson. To paraphrase Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign refrain, "It's the Chickens, Stupid."

OK, this theory has no facts to back it up - thank goodness we don't have exit polling to spoil the fun - but it does have a certain surface plausibility. Scott Munson was a visible and vocal supporter of amending our city code to clarify the status of chicken-keeping. His campaign treasurer, Ben Redding, wrote a really smart analysis of the controversy (A New Take on Chickens).

OTOH, Alder Thomas opposed changing the law and proposed instead a municipal version of "don't ask, don't tell" with regard to chicken keeping. 

Munson wins, Thomas loses, chickens come home to roost.

Res ipsa loquitur ! Eh, literally accurate ("the thing itself speaks."), but lawyers don't use it literally.

Q.E.D. (By which I mean good old quod erat demonstrandum and not the Urban dictionary version that you find here.)

Hey, makes more sense than the "Speight Lost" theories that attempt to assign significant meaning to what was essentially a statistical tie and whose progenitors thereby get Lost in Speight. (Feel free to groan.)

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