It is astonishing to think that a human being could hold two such radically conflicting opinions within so short a period of time and not implode. Apparently convictions and ideals are only short term lease holders in the House of Hamilton.
Here is the final paragraph of Hail's endorsement of Joe Mosca:
I believe Joe is honest and someone I can trust. I believe he will work hard for the good of the whole community. Most of all, I believe Joe possesses the requisite qualities necessary for him to perform his duties with distinction. In short, I believe Joe has been an effective council member, and should serve another term on the city council. Sierra Madre needs Joe. Vote for Joe Mosca April 13.
Now Hail's endorsement doesn't come with any reasoned or detailed arguments as to why he has extended such a grace to Mr. Mosca. Mostly he just quotes Joe verbatim and at length, then punctuates all that bulk palaver with such fawning revelations as:
"Whoa!" I said. "You're overwhelming me. What I'm really interested in are your plans if you get reelected."
He rattled off his achievements so rapidly I could barely keep up.
Obviously this was not going be what some might term hard hitting investigative journalism on Hail's part. More like the kind of gushing fan piece you might find in such magazines as Teen Vogue or Cosmo Girl. Which has led me to suspect that it wasn't Joe that fetched the coffee at this confab.
Of course, this is not quite what we'd been used to hearing from Mr. Hamilton in the past. As a matter of fact, I can personally attest that not long ago Hail had been amongst Joe's harshest critics, often referring to him in the most unkind and derogatory ways. "Flipper" being one of his favorite nicknames for the candidate who went on to become a City Councilman infamous for breaking so many of his campaign promises.
In an opinion piece published in The Mt. Wilson Observer on February 23rd, 2007, Hail had a decidedly different take on Joe Mosca. I thought I'd bring it to your attention if only to shed some light on the bizarre swings in opinion Hail is capable of exhibiting from time to time. If you should ever find yourself agreeing with Hail on a topic, do enjoy it while you can. Because chances are pretty good he'll be coming back with something quite the opposite the next time you read his column. And woe to those who refuse to follow.
Here is what Hail Hamilton had to say in 2007:
Joe Mosca Should Resign Now - I just heard the news Joe - the papers to recall you have been filed. It's about time. The sooner you get the boot - the better - the better for you and the better for Sierra Madre. Excuse me if I get a bit personal but I voted for you!
Joe most unforgivable of all is your reversal on almost every position you claimed you stood for when you were elected. Then, you were for limited downtown development and for preserving Sierra Madre's unique small town character. Now you're an outspoken opponent to Measure V that would limit downtown development and apparently you could care less about preserving Sierra Madre's unique small town charm. Joe answer this simple question: Did you really sell out the rest of us to a few greedy developers who just want to make a quick buck at our expense? Tell me it ain't so, Joe!
Joe if I sound angry it's because I am. I feel totally betrayed. That you have succeeded in alienating yourself from most of those who voted for you is astonishing. Getting yourself threatened with recall in less than a year is one for the history books. One thing is certain, you blew a golden opportunity and you have no one to blame but yourself.
Joe, take the advice of someone who was once one of your supporters. Do yourself and all the rest of us a big favor. Save your fellow citizens the expense of a recall election, an election you will surely lose.
Do the right thing, and save what little respect you have left - RESIGN IMMEDIATELY!
Can you imagine the response the Hail Hamilton of 2007 would have gotten from the Hail Hamilton of 2010 if the earlier incarnation had shown up at our most recent City Council meeting and read those very words to the assembled? Such an exercise in straightforward Democracy would have been declared one of the most abhorrent violations of political correctness ever, and Hail 2010 would have had the most awful things to say about Hail 2007. As would many of the naifs that write for the 2010 version of what used to be a noble and courageous newspaper.
Anyway, I guess we now know who the real "Flipper" was.