Ignacio De La Fuente and Nancy Nadel, both Oakland Councilmembers and candidates for Mayor, are suffering from terrible poll numbers which spell victory for their competitor, former-Congressman Ron Dellums. Not willing to try a more effective strategy, both Nadel and De La Fuente, both comfortable with political backstabbing techniques, dropped a news story that Dellums served as consultant to the U.S. Military. BIG DEAL. Anyone who knows and has followed Dellums is aware of his incredible knoweldge of the US Armed Forces and his constant calls for a more efficient military. Some -- including the two candidates -- have made the mistake of painting Dellums into a position of one who wants to dismantle the US defense. Not even close. Dellums is a military policy wonk and thus somewhat confusing to those who don't look at the details of life. All of this crying about his lobbying contract has the tinge of desparate campaigns on the wane.