Jacksonville Bold for 8.25.17 — People are predictable – Florida Politics (blog)
Over the weekend, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry took to Twitter, ruminating on youth football practice and game tape from last year.
Curry coaches his son’s team and takes it very seriously.
The mayor discussed repeating patterns of behavior shown on the field, adding a barb at the end: “People are predictable.”
Preparing to coach & Watching youth football video/film from last year & am reminded how predictable people are. Football life lessons.
— Lenny Curry (@lennycurry) August 17, 2017
Indeed, that’s what Curry’s political ascendance has been based on — anticipation, via interactions and polling, of the zeitgeist, and getting to the center-right of it.
He beat Alvin Brown by forcing Brown to tack left down the stretch. He sold pension reform by being flexible depending on his audience. And on HRO? Once he had his pension reform, he got out of the way.
Curry’s statement that “people are predictable” could have applied to one or more political rivals in City Hall (Garrett Dennis?), but it is an axiom we see as a leitmotif in this edition of Bold.
You’ll read of Rep. Al Lawson going up against the alt-right — but it would be news if he weren’t.
You’ll read of Duval Delegation members who, just by playing by the rules of the House, got rewarded with better committee spots — funny how that works.
People, as Curry says, are almost absolutely predictable.
A corollary to that: if you can’t predict outcomes, it’s likely because you need better data.
The people who win consistently in Jacksonville politics are the ones who understand people — competing pols, voters, donors, interest groups — as data sets, to be manipulated for the desired effect.
Al Lawson blasts alt-right
U.S. Rep. Lawson may have been helped into