I hear: The rabbi at Beth Jacob of Beverly Hills did very well.
Skillfully navigated difficult terrain.
Took the wind out of the sails of the pro-Chazzan group using Rabbinic license – Halacha and precedent.
Pointed out that we are a united shul and will stay that way.
Differences need to be resolved through the democratic process (other than Halachik issues for which he takes responsibility).
"Luke Ford reports all of the 'juicy' quotes, and has been doing it for years." (Marc B. Shapiro)
"This guy knows all the gossip, the ins and outs, the lashon hara of the Orthodox world. He’s an [expert] in... all the inner workings of the Orthodox world." (Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff)
"This generation's Hillel." (Nathan Cofnas)