HE'D HAD a helluva run, but this was probably the end of the line.
That's what some political observers had been saying about Councilman Brian O'Neill, who was supposed to be headed for a neck-and-neck Election Day battle with Bill Rubin for Northeast Philly's 10th Councilmanic District.
So much for that.
O'Neill, Council's Republican minority leader, captured 59 percent of the vote yesterday as he won his ninth term in office.
He jumped out to an early lead over Rubin, 44, a former city pension board vice chairman, and never looked back.