How To Make Boring Beautiful

Or, why California has such glitzy people and such dull pols

The city that gave the country personal trainers, liver with kiwi, and Cher ought to be more adventurous than to have a Mayor for Life. But that's what Los Angeles' Tom Bradley is turning out to be. The man the Wall Street Journal calls the "recumbent incumbent" has just been elected to a fifth term, squeaking by with a 52% majority against a weak field of opponents. With no strong challenger to smoke him out, the tall, quiet Bradley got away with something akin to a Rose Garden strategy. He granted few interviews and ran in part on a platform of...

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