TOM MENINO is getting the bum’s rush, an unceremonious push out the door on account of a newly identified case of Type 2 diabetes. The chattering classes — those who write about politics and those who just talk about it over a beer — seem almost thrilled by the mayor’s recent ailments, eagerly spinning out scenarios for his succession. Elections can’t dislodge the guy. The hope, apparently, is that illness will.
The 69-year-old Menino has suffered of late from a number of seemingly unrelated medical problems. After a month in the hospital — he’s now in rehab — his doctors linked the health issues to a newly emergent case of diabetes. With that diagnosis, the mayor joins a large crowd: About 8.3 percent of Americans — roughly 26 million. Even for older adults, the disease is far from debilitating, however, with Type 2 manageable largely through diet and exercise. Among well-known diabetics are the late Soviet strongman Nikita Khrushchev (no comparison intended, Mr. Mayor!) and lithe actress Halle Berry (definitely no comparison, Mr. Mayor), as well as folks such as artist Shepherd Fairey, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, boy band member Nick Jonas, and professional golfer Michelle McGann.