THE RICH and powerful have
little time to make New Year's resolutions, which is why they let Clout do it for them.
Resolves to find a few more Philadelphians to staff his administration.
Re-resolves to lose the 25 pounds he said he'd lose last year, but somehow added on instead.
Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll
Promises to work hard to put a Democrat in the White House who'll name Rendell as energy secretary, which would make her governor. Rendell resolves to turn the job down.
Philly's former D.A. becomes chief justice of the state Supreme Court in January. He resolves to convince the media that the high court bases its decisions on the law and not on political and business interests.
The outgoing mayor will be teaching a course on urban politics at Temple. He resolves to include a section on media relations. With a substitute teacher.
Street's press secretary is taking a job as executive director of the anti-gun-violence group CeaseFire PA. Unlike at his last job, Grace resolves to rebel if his boss tries to equip him with a silencer.
The House majority leader resolves to continue knowing nothing about any bonuses to House employees in exchange for campaign work, even as the attorney general's noose tightens.
Philadelphia's savviest state senator promises to continue his run of do-gooding and progressive legislation - even if his motive is image improvement - right up until his corruption trial begins next fall.
The state House speaker resolves to keep his back against the wall whenever former speaker John Perzel is in the room.
Resolves to remain poised and attentive in the tall grass.
The state's first-term U.S. senator resolves to do something to get into the news so the people who voted for him are reminded that he actually did take office.
Daylin Leach and Bob Rovner
The state rep and the former state senator, two of the craziest pols we know, resolve to stick with their plans to run in the Democratic primary for the Senate seat vacated by Connie Williams, thus providing months of new material for Clout.
Mariano on the 'net
Most of the Philly pols we like have either served time in jail, are in jail or will end up in jail. When we can lend a hand, we do our part.
That's why we recommend joining MySpace so you can interact with the blog attributed to jailed City Councilman Rick Mariano.
Mariano's landlord, the Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix, doesn't allow him access to the Internet.
But according to the blog, he's sometimes able (likely through a friend) to get his thoughts from the Big House to your house.
The latest, dated Nov. 23, reads, "It still amazes me that in the greatest country in the world we have such backwards penal practices.
"People who are no threat to society in any way are wasting time, energy and potential in stagnant confinement, denied any opportunity to make some form of restitution for our mistakes.
"We all suffer, family suffers most. The public pays and nobody benefits.
His current mood is "bored."
If you'd like to comment or ask a question, you can find the blog at www.myspace.com/freerickmariano.
People Paper poetry
Clout offers best wishes for the new year via a verse-minded reader (who last week waxed poetic over Alycia Lane):
As two thousand seven dwindles down,
It's time to reflect on the year in our town.
From January through the end of
These are some things we'll likely
Travel and Leisure ranked us fat and ugly
But who cares if our clothes fit too snugly?
We'd rather eat cheesesteaks than some healthy lean dish
Even if when ordering we have to speak English.
The primary was exciting, the underdog won,
Knox came out poorer, Chaka was stunned.
Brady was challenged, and at debates stumbled,
Stayed on the ballot, but in the end humbled.
In City Council things stayed almost the same
DiCicco crushed Vern and Green won on his name
Kelly limped in with a sigh of relief.
Stier didn't make it; nor did Sharif
Campbell was beaten although well connected,
Kenney and Goode won just as expected.
Clarke got back in with numbers quite high,
Jannie won easily but backed the wrong guy.
After the primary, things became boring
Al and Mike's lovefest left us all snoring,
Luckily, other news kept us engaged
Like Fumo's indictment and Alycia's road rage
The case against Vince - a hundred counts plus
Contained enough details to fill up a bus
From Orecks to torches to spying on exes
And using state dollars to pay his detectives
Then there's Alycia, our favorite news anchor
Whose improper emails provoked a wife's rancor
She rode out bikinigate and stayed right on top
But then got arrested for punching a cop,
(Unless she's soon cleared and quits all her partying
She'll probably end up boxing Tonya Harding.)
Comcast's new tower rose in the sky
To our beloved Hy Lit we said goodbye
Paul Levy planned us a waterfront trail
Garrett and Brett Reid couldn't stay out of jail.
At City Hall, Mayor Street counted his days
And retroactively took a fat pay raise.
So now as oh-seven's end edges near
Let us be hopeful; let us not fear.
Raise up our glasses with fine good cheer
And welcome in a Nutter new year. *
Staff writers Gar Joseph and John M. Baer contributed to this report.