John has four members of city council in his pocket. Mary has three members, but one of them is the president of the council. Whose street will be repaved first?
- Neither one has an advantage, because in a democratic government all people are equal under the law.
- John’s street will be paved first, because he has numbers on his side.
- Mary’s street will be paved first, because you don’t get to be president of city council without knowing where the bodies are buried.
- The president of city council will have his street paved with Belgian block, lined with elegant gas lamps, and bordered by herringbone-pattern brick sidewalks, and neither John’s street nor Mary’s street will be repaved at all ever.
I am, of course, duly impressed that Dr. Boli is so well-versed in Tulsa politics.