Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008 | Regarding the defeat of former city attorney Mike Aguirre: The French playwright Molière could not have written a more tragic comedy. I believe that Mike Aguirre had a political death wish of sorts, somewhat akin to the masochism of a triathlete. That is, he relished confrontation and its concomitant effect of emotional pain. Strangely, I see much of myself in Iron Mike.

Some folks thrive on an against-the-grain philosophy, predicating and validating their so-called antisocial behavior on a Mother Teresa complex, and perhaps erroneously comparing themselves to past historical figures. Despite his personal comportment, I believe Aguirre always had the best interests of the disenfranchised at heart. I can say all of this with certainty because I am the same person.

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