Editorial: The GOP is a flop

Is Bri­an J. O’Neill be­ing picked on be­cause he’s a Re­pub­lic­an? Yes, but the long­time Phil­adelphia coun­cil­man from the Far North­east is a big boy and can handle it.

When City Coun­cil last week ap­proved a re­dis­trict­ing plan that puts the heav­ily Demo­crat­ic 56th Ward in Mr. O’Neill’s 10th dis­trict, it made all 10 Coun­cil dis­tricts more com­pact. It also stuck it to Phil­adelphia’s sole in­de­pend­ent-minded (i.e, Re­pub­lic­an-lean­ing) dis­trict. Neither Mr. O’Neill nor any­body else should be shocked. After all, Demo­crats have been run­ning this town — in­to the ground, many might say — for more than 60 years.

Ex­pect Mr. O’Neill to con­tin­ue giv­ing good con­stitu­ent ser­vice and vot­ing the cor­rect way on most mat­ters. Of course, on Elec­tion Day Nov. 8, if Mr. O’Neill has not pub­licly ruled out vot­ing for DROP queen Mari­an Tasco for Coun­cil pres­id­ent in Janu­ary, voters in the 10th dis­trict should kick him out of of­fice.

Mean­while, Mr. O’Neill de­serves to be angry with his fel­low Re­pub­lic­ans, es­pe­cially the two men who “lead” the Re­pub­lic­an City Com­mit­tee, chair­man Vito Canuso and gen­er­al coun­sel Mi­chael Mee­han. They’ve done a rot­ten job lead­ing what is sup­posed to be an “op­pos­i­tion” party.

In par­tic­u­lar, they didn’t both­er to find a single Re­pub­lic­an to chal­lenge the Demo­crat can­did­ate in sev­en of the 10 Coun­cil dis­tricts. Each dis­trict has ap­prox­im­ately 150,000 res­id­ents.

A real Re­pub­lic­an Party would have re­cruited can­did­ates in all 10 dis­tricts. Had even a few more dis­trict seats been won by Re­pub­lic­ans over the years, Demo­crats in City Hall would give Bri­an O’Neill the re­spect he de­serves. After all, there’s strength in num­bers. ••

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