Jim Bond is Grandpa Simpson. Grandpa Simpson might have been a mover and shaker when young and still eager. He still belts out some classic lines of wisdom from time to time, but he is worn out. Expect him to provide a guiding hand on the lucky occasion, but he is over it. His heart is the right place but there is no leadership left in him.
Jerome Stocks is Eddie Haskell. He has a tendency for being insincerely courteous. When the spotlight is turned off his true side comes out. He is the most willing council member to put his own fortunes ahead of the citizens, and he does that in the backroom as much as possible so he doesn't have to take responsibility.
Maggie Houlihan is Jar Jar Binks. Jar Jar has the biggest heart and wants to do right. Jar Jar is a trusted friend of the protectors of the free Galactic Republic. Jar Jar sometimes operates in a clumsy manner and Jar Jar isn't very good at figuring out who are the real friends of the free Republic. Jar Jar was willingly manipulated by the evil Sith into giving them exactly what they wanted.
Dan Dalager would be difficult to explain if it weren't for W. Bush. Dan is George W. Bush. A great guy to have a beer with and to have in your community to help out. Not so good at being the Decider.
Both have loyal followers who judge them based only on their folksy persona. Both Dan and W. talk about principles of good government but don't always follow those principles. Both have grown the size of government and government debt, while telling everyone they are conservatives. Both spit out sound bites that sound good and don't seem to realize they are actually doing the opposite of what they say. Both played up religious beliefs to get elected. Both played up patriotism to get elected. Both helped their cronies attain positions of power and income. Both enjoy doing government favors for their friends. Both make backroom deals. Both pretzled the truth during their election campaigns. Both react poorly to opposing viewpoints and resent their decisions being questioned. Both are enemies of open government.
Both have accumulated a group of former supporters who now realize that support for Dan and Bush was a big mistake.
It should be no surprise that Dan was a fan of W. Bush.
City insiders will know why the above picture is appropriate.
Teresa Barth is Lois Lane from Superman I. Not just on the job, but eager to dig in and get to the bottom of the story and then do something about it. From an outside perspective some of her interactions might seem awkward or uncomfortable, but that is because she is so focused on the big story and has that in mind.