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Meet Your Superdelegates: The Mayor From “Dirty Harry”

Posted by John Pegway | Posted in superdelegate | Posted on 29-02-2008


We continue our special in-depth educational series, Meet Your Superdelegates. A rare chance to get to know specific superdelegates who will be deciding the Democratic presidential nominee. We’re focusing on party elders, government officials, senior advisors, and other high profile politicians who feature prominently in television and film. And we boldly speculate who they will back at the Democratic convention. Today’s superdelegate profile comes from the breakthrough action adventure movie sensation, “Dirty Harry.”

The San Francisco Mayor must deal with a deranged killer on the loose in the city. He’s hardly up to the task. The Mayor comes across weak and pales next to Inspector Callahan’s rapier wit and action-oriented instinct. At one point, a spiteful, anti-authoritarian and rude Callahan is summoned into the Mayor’s office and says this: “Oh well, for the past three-quarters of an hour, I’ve been sitting on my ass in your outer office, waiting on you.”

The Mayor agrees to pay the Scorpio killer, outraging Callahan. This exchange occurs:

Mayor: I don’t want any more trouble like you had last year in the Fillmore District. Understand? That’s my policy.
Callahan: Yeah, well, when an adult-male is chasing a female with intent to commit rape, I shoot the bastard, that’s my policy.
Mayor: Intent? How did you establish that?
Callahan: When a naked man is chasing a woman through an alley with a butcher knife and a hard-on, I figure he isn’t out collecting for the Red Cross.
Mayor: (after Callahan has left) I think he’s got a point.

The Mayor clearly has management issues. But he’s likely a product of the Democratic machine — how else to explain his job? Therefore he’ll likely vote for Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama.

Previous profile: Congressman Avery from “The Bob Newhart Show”
Next profile: Sherriff Buford T. Justice from “Smokey and the Bandit.”

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