Readers of this blog know the high Holy Days with my kids every Summer is the journey to San Diego for Comic-Con International; it’s the world’s largest and most fun pop culture event and one I’d like to see in Anaheim someday after the expansion of the Convention Center (something supported by OC’s Julio Perez) is completed. I’m more than convinced Anaheim can handle it with the new hotels in the resort district and the superior parking compared with downtown San Diego more than make up for a short walk to food trucks, restaurants and bars in the GardenWalk or Downtown Disney for convention goers. Parking this year in San Diego, $40 a pop!
So what does that have to do with the image above? Hang in there.
I read this comment from Greg Diamond, a DPOC Central Committee member and Orange Juice Blogger, that literally slobbers all over conversative Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and I have to wonder why Diamond still considers himself a Democrat. Here’s the comment:
I support what the Mayor is doing on The city Council because he is opposing what, in my opinion, amounts to a criminal cabal. (Obviously our District Attorney would never bring charges, and if he did he would certainly fumble the trial, so that will just have to remain solely “my opinion” for now.)
Standing up against the ravishing of Anaheim’s resources for personal and corporate gain is one of the gutsiest things that I have seen in local politics ever, anywhere.
And he has repeatedly been right on the substance of his concerns, while the Council repeatedly presses ahead with blinding speed to get yet another dirty deal done before people know what his hit them.
And he has repeatedly, in the tradition of both parties at their best, been looking out for the little guy, The residence of decades a generation and more in the future, and the needy.
Of course I stand with him when he does that, even while I would disagree with him on a number of state and national and maybe international issues.
Of course the sold-out and the sociopathic (you can divide yourselves into the appropriate categories at your leisure) won’t agree, but that doesn’t matter: the numbers and the documents don’t lie – however much the verbal statements do.
Tait regularly has to recuse himself from city business due to conflicts with his business on county issues — including the homeless shelter (how’s that for looking out for the needy?). Tait votes regularly against negotiated union contracts. Tait’s never been appreciative of city staff with the exception of his executive assistant, and the frequency in which the city changes City Managers is evidence of that. Tait frequently loses control of Council meetings. F-bombs anyone? I have to wonder why Diamond loves this guy so much.
And it’s all become clear to me. Diamond is a “Bizarro” Democrat.
For those familiar with the world of Superman, Bizarro is the Man of Steel’s doppelgänger. “Bizarro and the Bizarro World” are well known in pop culture with the term “Bizarro” is used as to describe anything that uses “twisted logic or that is the opposite of something else.” Good is bad. Down is up. Happy is sad. Simple is complex. Right is wrong. Black is white. Hot is cold…you get it.
That’s Diamond. And to that, we offer this:
In a Bizarro World, Greg Diamond is a well-respected lawyer who is valued for his advice by more clients than he can handle.
In a Bizarro World, Greg Diamond works well with other Democrats in the DPOC being public with his praise of good ideas and private with any criticism to try and resolve disagreements.
In a Bizarro World, Greg Diamond supports Democratic candidates and has respect for all Democrats from the moderate business-Demcoratic side of the party to socially-progressive liberal wings.
In a Bizarro World, Greg Diamond has a thriving law practice and is able to support his family in a manner that a man of his education and experience can attain while still making significant financial contributions to all sorts of charities and worthy causes — a $5,000 check to the Democratic Party in Ferguson, MO for example.
In a Bizarro World, Greg Diamond listens more than speaks.
In a Bizarro World, Greg Diamond’s blog posts are short and to the point.
In a Bizarro World, Greg Diamond never seeks to draw attention to himself.
In a Bizarro World, Greg has respectful disagreements with those whom he does not agree, never debasing himself with insults or defamation while defaming others.
In a Bizarro World, Greg Diamond wouldn’t obsess about anonymous commenters on other blogs while allowing them to go unidentified on the one he writes for, because that would be hypocritical.
In a Bizarro World, Greg Diamond would seek to build good relationships with as many members of the Democratic Party in OC as possible to build a strong network.
In a Bizarro World, Greg Diamond never bullies anyone to get his way.
And finally, in a Bizarro World, Greg Diamond would never wear sandals when shoes are required to cover those tootsies (see the photo in BreaMatters blog to see what I mean). And before anyone souts “defamation,” I will point out parody is protected speech even if the subject of said parody doesn’t get it.