I’ve had my disagreements with and disappointments in Mayor Jerry Sanders. But yesterday’s self-reversal on the issue of gay marriage was his finest hour and one of the most open and honest pronouncements by any San Diego politician that I can remember. Only a complete misanthrope (ah, that would be you, Rick Roberts – and shame on you KFMB for keeping that travesty of talk on the air) could not appreciate the depth of emotion and moral reflection that drove the Mayor to this decision. One may have legitimate disagreement on the policy the Mayor has endorsed but the Mayor must still be given his due for doing what he truly felt to be the right thing, political calculations be damned.
Of course, giving the misanthropic nature of many local erstwhile Republicans (all those little Rickys out there) this decision may well cost Sanders his reelection. Republicans are already talking about running a truer-red hearted candidate like Steve Francis. This time around, Francis might edge Sanders in the primary, coming in second to whomever the Democrats put forth. Such is the cost of principle in today’s politics.
But, Jerry Sanders, today you are that increasingly rare commodity. Today you are a leader.