|"Earl," the other Mayor of Miami Beach.|
Richard Nixon had Checkers, George H.W. Bush had Millie and Barack Obama has Bo.
And in Miami Beach, Mayor Philip Levine has Earl. Earl and the mayor are inseparable.
During his 2013 run for mayor, Levine cast Earl in at least two TV ads.
But by then, Earl was a seasoned actor.
A few years before he ran for mayor, Levine and his employees at Royal Media Partners produced a video that purported to show a typical day in the life of Phil Levine, with Earl playing the part of Phil.
The video could only be seen by those who had the link, so it remained hidden from Miami Beach voters for much of the past two years.
But late last week, it leaked out.
I posted it on this blog, but within a few hours the video was yanked from YouTube.
But not before Steve Cody was able to save a copy and tweak it a bit with some psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud.
Writes Cody: Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, once said,"The psychoanalysis of neurotics has taught us to recognize the intimate connection between wetting the bed and the character trait of ambition." He also said, "Show me a video a man makes about himself and I will know everything about him." Both of these quotes apply to Miami Beach Mayor and candidate Philip Levine.
(Be sure to read Freud's detailed diagnosis of Levine at the end of the video.)