With the clarity of hindsight, it is easy to see David Alvarez lost the election for mayor a month ago, if not earlier.
In November, when he managed to best Nathan Fletcher for second place in the primary, Alvarez entered the runoff with a decided disadvantage. His allies embraced the underdog feeling.
But the runoff was coming just three months later. And the campaign mostly took December off. Yes, obviously work was being done. Organization-building, neighborhood-walking (in total, our house was visited eight times) and other efforts were under way.
For the most part, however, the campaigns hibernated through the holidays. There was no advertising, no press conferences, no big announcements.