It would be hard to find someone who doesn’t agree that many/most politicians are out of touch to a certain degree.
But how about being moderately delusional?
If the recent decisions by unpopular big city mayors Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, and Lori Lightfoot of Chicago are any indication, the answer would be yes.
Garcetti decided to show up at the Los Angeles Dodgers home opener on Friday, which also happened to be the day the team received their World Series Championship rings, and were able to play in front of their home fans for the first time since October of 2019.
Garcetti was introduced to the crowd of just over 14,000 along with other dignitaries, including Billy Jean King, a minority owner in the team, and Magic Johnson, another co-owner.
Garcetti was the first to be introduced, and the crowd turned on him faster than Mookie Betts turns on a hanging curveball and knocks it out of the park. The response was immediate, as a very loud chorus of boos bellowed out.
It was so bad, the booing interfered with the other popular members of the dais that were introduced, and only stopped when Magic Johnson was introduced.
Lightfoot went to the Chicago White Sox game at Guaranteed Rate Field this past week, and was also loudly booed as she was introduced.
The crowd in both ballparks is mixed with Democrats and Republicans, but there’s no question both cities are very much partial to Democratic leadership, and Garcetti and Lightfoot should both be grateful that only a fraction of a filled stadium was able to go to the game because of COVID restrictions.
Will it be a precursor to what they will face in the next election? It’s hard to say, but the anger and disgust was loud and on display in two major cities this week.
Yikes…LA Mayor Eric Garcetti got booed bigtime by the limited capacity crowd at the Dodgers game. https://t.co/lifQIB1JvC
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) April 9, 2021
Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot received loud boos as they were welcomed at Guaranteed Rate Field. pic.twitter.com/ZlOJkhY0xl
— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) April 8, 2021