Tully in his column though was being too kind to Kennedy. The fact that Mayor Ballard comes up short in articulating an education agenda surely does not excuse Kennedy's vague, non-descript education "plan."
From watching Melina Kennedy's campaign performance thus far, I am reminded of those football teams that are sitting on a lead trying to run the clock out by running the ball up the middle every time. In playing the mayoral political game, Kennedy seems to have employed the strategy of trying not to lose.
Contrary to what some people think, Mayor Ballard is a relative long-shot to win re-election. In 2010, a year Republicans won virtually everything in Indiana, Republicans were losing Marion County races by 10%. It is unlikely that the turnout of 2007 will be repeated. Also, Mayor Ballard does not have any popular issues to campaign on and has handed the Democrats a boatload of issues to use against him. Ballard's plunge in the polls and 10% or so loss is virtually inevitable.
I have said the only thing that can stop Melina Kennedy from defeating Ballard is a felony. That was a joke. It would behoove the Kennedy camp to throw the ball once in awhile.