Steve Levy and Eric Rosenblum have appealed to me ex parte that I am under-estimating Kiss Me Kate.
What I actually said, in my own blog post, which started merely as a back-up to the points I raised above, which I assume would be, like half of what I post here, quickly deleted — and I am certain I am the only person who posts under his or her own name and is regularly deleted — like comparing Arrillaga to Genghis Khan — three-fourths of which is about Kim and not Kate, is that Kate Downing compared to Mark Michael is unqualified for leadership here. Fair point.
My other hypothesis is that people of her generation, under 35, as Tom Wolfe calls them “Mutant Millenials” often channel so much of their energy thru mediated and electronic devices that they lack social skills, as perceptible by other humans, apart from or offline from these machines.
I have met Kate a couple times and that was a further observation. I drank two beers in her honor on a Monday.
Even if she is a brilliant attorney and very useful for the industries that profit by the proliferation of computers and military/industrial/information/entertainment complex, that does not qualify her for leadership per se here; she is getting thru, fair opinion on ideology and her commitment to growth. She is useful, it is fair to put, to the non-governmental political machine that controls policy here.
Palo Alto Forward members are the policy equivalent to Ring Girls at a boxing match: they look good, their message is oversimplified, they take their orders from somebody else behind the scene and they are basically clueless.
Yet five of them are now part of leadership!
What about: rent control.