Board of Supervisors: Get Used to Muddle in the Middle

Just like the Board of Supervisors

By this time next week, barring an event recalling a Strom Thurmond phone book-reading filibuster, San Francisco will have a newly minted Board of Supervisors president.

Incumbent David Chiu is in a solid position, but others, including Scott Wiener, are making plays of their own. It'll be intriguing to see what happens — and not just because board president elections offer the spectacle of behind-closed-doors politics in open session. No matter who “counts to six” and wins the presidency, a new board dynamic will be in play — the muddle in the middle.

In the recent past, the board had its strongly defined left and right flanks, with a few crossover votes in the middle. But that's no longer the case.

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