Wednesday, November 08, 2017
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! RANKING KANSAS CITY WINNERS AND LOSERS AFTER EPIC NEW SINGLE-TERMINAL AIRPORT VICTORY!!!
Voters have approved the biggest Kansas City public works project of the modern era and the only thing that's left is the crying over the lack of small biz contracts and inevitable anticlimactic disappointment which has marked virtually every aspect of local life since the advent of the steam engine.
Don't believe TKC??? How about those Royals and/or Chiefs???
But most importantly . . .
TKC FACT CHECK: THERE WAS NO ORGANIZED OPPOSITION TO THE SINGLE-TERMINAL NEW AIRPORT ELECTION VICTORY!!!
So, before we start talking about campaign genius or a voter mandate . . . Let's not forget that a handful of grassroots activist opponents of Question #1 cobbled together less than $15K to power their fight . . . You can literally steal that much from City Hall and not face any jail time. These good-hearted activists did not have a campaign office, one yard sign or purchase a single TV commercial.
Again, like most things involving Kansas City . . . Landslide "victory" is merely a result of a lack of competition.
But I digress . . .
HERE'S THE DEFINITIVE KANSAS CITY GUIDE TO WINNERS AND LOSERS IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE AIRPORT VOTE!!!
Reader mileage may vary but this is a better place than any to partake in the blame game:
The New Airport Single-Terminal Winners:
Or, another reason to hate your boss . . .
The Kansas City Corporate Oligarchy
All of the major law firms, construction and electrical giants and even engineering firms edged out of the mix BOUGHT THIS ELECTION for about TWO-MILLION BUCKS - That's chump change compared to the BILLION DOLLAR PAYOUT but the investment comes at the cost of anything really resembling local democracy. Now Kansas City hopes the trickle-down voodoo economics will help lift the rest of this town or at least provide some better junk food options for tourists. Good luck with that . . .
Mayor Sly James
He's the man who sold Kansas City and there is no denying his election win streak amid voter suspension of disbelief regarding the fact that they won't be paying for this new airport in the long run.
Mean Tweets & The Kansas City Spambot Social Media Bandwagon
Social media might not have had much of an impact on voters but the online discourse funds low rent advocates and Internets denizens scraping for a few bucks . . . Look closely at #NewKCI and it's mostly spam from people who stand to benefit financially from the new airport our are beholden to elected officials . . . However, the low-rent marketers deserve credit for their small part in an election triumph.
The Local Losers:
The cast of Kansas City denizens and their good intentions . . .
KCPT Election Documentary Movies
This one is important because nearly two-dozen of you d-bags kept sending TKC the stupid link . . .
THIS SHOULD BE BE THE LAST TIME KANSAS CITY CONSERVATIVES ATTEMPT TO WIN AN ELECTION WITH A BORING DOCUMENTARY!!!
These goofy British voice-over movies are mostly funded by viewers like Crosby Kemper III and they have proven to have ABSOLUTELY ZERO INFLUENCE OVER ANYONE. The cinematography and narrative is brilliant and but Public TV content is for old ladies and their pets. It's time for a small minority of old money voters stop celebrating their custom-made programming that doesn't move the crowd.
Kansas City Tax Fighters
Just as we noted at the outset of this vote . . . A litany of furious e-mails or even talk show chatter doesn't work WITHOUT CAMPAIGN INFRASTRUCTURE, A GROUND GAME AND A BIG MEDIA PLAN . . . Don't get it twisted, these locals fought the good fight but were no match for a traditional campaign and all of the vital payoffs which that entails.
Kansas City Political Consultants
Pat Gray and Steve Glorioso have departed Kansas City for the sweet hereafter and taken the legacy of local political consulting with them.
The big local elections are now dominated by out-of-town national firms.
The Dover Group doesn't really bother with Council candidates and doesn't have much of a stake in Kansas City beyond their allegiance to Mayor Sly . . . They collected their fees and ran a cold, heartless but ultimately effective campaign in service of big KC companies . . .
THIS ELECTION PROVES THAT THE KANSAS CITY POLITICAL CONSULTING CLASS IS DEAD!!!
Again, mean tweeters and social media cash mostly funneled to and thru Russian-Spy-Network-Facebook is the only real avenue available for local professionals who profit in persuasion.
On the bright side . . . All of the TKC airport discussions turned out pretty well but we don't endorse election issues one way or another despite the fun we had in celebrating the fashions of Council Lady and Mayoral candidate Jolie Justus . . .
Check the links:
KCI plan backers: Landslide victory reflects, continues area's 'tremendous momentum'
KC voters overwhelmingly approve ‘A Better KCI’
New billion-dollar airport terminal coming to Kansas City
KC voters overwhelmingly approve new KCI
Airport plan in Kansas City passes by surprising landslide margin
You decide . . .