You will recall during the recent Grand Rapids mayoral campaign, incumbent George Heartwell solemnly explained that he would not declare his position on abortion because as mayor there is nothing he can do about it. Of course, the truth was that Heartwell wanted to keep his pro-abortion politics concealed from the strong pro-life constituency among voters in the city. Evidence of Heartwell's deceit was furnished this week when he asked two city commissioners to draft a resolution opposing the "U.S. occupation of Iraq".
Now it might occur to you that if Heartwell says he has to remain silent on abortion because as mayor he has no authority to address the issue, then he should also remain silent on the Iraq War for the same reason. But Heartwell's a hypocrite. His principle of silence applies only as needed to advance his political career. Silence reigns over abortion because that way Heartwell doesn't stir up a large group of voters in opposition to him. But sanctimonious drum-beating is the order of the day on the Iraq War because that motivates an outspoken fringe in support of him.
Not that Heartwell's hypocrisy is smart politics. I cannot fathom what can be gained by Heartwell, even with the City Commission's backing, pontificating with a lefty message on the Iraq War that:  Would have absolutely no effect on U.S. policy, while  alienating a large plurality of voters who either support the war or at least will take the resolution as a vote of no-confidence in our troops. While Heartwell may get hosannas from the fruitcakes who've got time on their hands to march around protesting on street corners, he will only get the disgust of those who want to know why he is wasting time on a useless resolution when the city government has big problems to solve.
I guess that's the way Heartwell's "mandate" is going to shake out over the next four years.