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Tip of the hat to Mike DeBonis at the Post for discovering this interesting interview between Mayor Adrian Fenty andJonathan P. Hicks at the DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy in New York.

After listening, LL can’t help but wonder if he should start calling him Martyr Fenty instead of Mayor Fenty, as Hizonner is now pushing the I-Lost-Because-I-Championed-School-Reform narrative pretty hard. A taste:

“If it’s a war,” he said, “someone’s got to be at the front of the line, and they’ve got to get killed first. That’s how you win a war, is by going forward.”

Not that LL holds it against Fenty for pushing such a narrative; it’s a much better way to explain one of the biggest political swan dives in recent memory to potential employers than saying, I’m kind of an arrogant jerk whose own hubris needlessly cost me by job as mayor. (And it’s a pretty easy tale to tell with the help of almost the entire national media. They’ve been pushing the martyr angle so hard even LL is starting to believe it.)

Fenty was vague in terms of what he’s thinking of doing next, but future employment options are obviously on the 39-year-old’s mind.

“Well, what’s next for me is I go into the private sector, get a job, provide for my family, and as a citizen of the District of Columbia stay as active as humanly possible and try and  keep moving the city forward,”Fenty said. “There’s a ton of things that we could do, from working in management to working in law, working in education. I’ll spend the next three months sorting all that up, ready to hit the ground running on Jan. 2.”

Photo by Darrow Montgomery