President Ronald Reagan won another landslide victory this week.
The Newport Beach City Council voted 5 to 2 to plop down a privately-funded Reagan statue in Castaways Park.
The council ignored its own — and apparently inconvenient — policy and allowed the statue's private donors to have a say in selecting the artist. It also relegated the Arts Commission to such a minor role that Councilman Steve Rosansky, who voted against the statue along with Nancy Gardner, wondered if the ignored advisory body should be done away with altogether.
Sitting in the packed Council Chambers on Tuesday evening, I got the feeling that Councilman Keith Curry, the force behind the Reagan statue, already had the needed votes in his pocket, and public testimony that a sculpture of the 40th president of the United States on public property was inappropriately partisan wasn't going to change or sway anyone on the dais.