In an effort to explain a political flip-flop wherein he first opposed a citizen vote on a massive, expensive, and unwanted commercial intrusion into a billion-dollar, taxpayer-funded nature preserve before he supported citizen input (only after it was clear it wouldn’t have council majority support anyway, I might add), Scottsdale’s embattled incumbent mayor, Jim “Shady” Lane compared himself to Albert Einstein:
“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”
Lane certainly needs to do some evolving. But if his position is changing, how can it be a “stance?”
If you read ScottsdaleCitizen or its companion ScottsdaleTrails on a regular basis, you already know that I’m a big fan of great quotes. However, this one didn’t sound quite right to me, so I looked it up. Bingo.
It’s a clever quote for a situation that really has no defense. Unfortunately, for Lane, the quote also happens to be as fake as he is. And it’s clear to even the most uninvolved voter that Lane’s “evolving stance” is nothing but pre-election waffling.
I would suggest Shady Lane adopt a real quote from a different famous person:
Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.