A new mayor is sworn in, palm on the Bible. Mere hours later, that hand is stuffed into a snow glove as a snowstorm bears down on Baltimore. It happened to Clarence H. Du Burns in 1987, and it is happening now to Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake who, fresh off her swearing-in, is getting a crash course in the politics of a snowstorm.
A big-city leader can have the money, the contacts and the savvy, but if she leaves snow to pile up on side streets, her career could melt before the drifts do.
Just ask New York Mayor John Lindsay. Or Chicago’s Michael Bilandic. Or D.C.’s Marion Barry. They messed up, and they paid for it dearly.