Archive for November 4, 2009

A: Because with the defeat of Gay Marriage in Maine you would have seen people like Charles Johnson jumping off bridges, now they have a sliver of hope to keep them alive for 12 months.

We have to concede Charles’ one victory. He’s had so little reason to smile lately.

I must say I feel a bit like Pauline Kiel because the only person I knew who was proudly in favor of Mayor Wong was my wife.

Wong won with 60% of the vote. The write in candidate Donnley got 25% which to my mind really reflects poorly on the electorate, how 25% could support him is totally beyond me.

The city is in rough shape but the people must be confident in the folks currently running it, not only did every incumbent win but a former city counselor Rosemary Reynolds won the empty slot. It’s interesting to see that no incumbent counselor took less than 3000 votes. Here are some numbers:

DiNatale finished first with 3,412 votes, Hay finished second with 3,214, Conry finished third with 3,132 votes, Tran finished fourth with 3,035 votes, and Reynolds finished fifth with 1,704 votes.

Michael DiPietro came in sixth with 1,633 votes.

This tells me that despite the city’s problems people think it is on the right track. If Anne DiMartino had not left the counsel she would have taken that last spot from Rosemary. What symbolizes it the most? Halloween!

An afternoon session of downtown trick-or-treating was an overwhelming success, according to organizers, children and their parents.

“This is the best thing in Fitchburg. It’s beautiful,” said Maria Padilla-Oquendo, as she strolled down Main Street Saturday afternoon. “It’s amazing. I never thought it was going to be like this.”

Padilla-Oquendo, 44, was referring to the first Trick-or-Treat on Main Street event, coordinated by the Cleghorn Neighborhood Center, and Twin Cities Community Development Corp.

Marc Dohan, executive director of Twin Cities CDC, estimated about 1,000 trick-or-treaters made their way to the 45 participating businesses to collect candy on Saturday.

This is was a good idea particularly with so many street lights off, but more importantly it was a creative way to highlight Main Street business. There have been a lot of little innovations like that and frankly she hasn’t been afraid to take a shot.

It means that the Mayor will have a chance to complete the deal, will she be able to? I don’t know but we will find out.

The Lesson of the night? Listen to the wife.

…and that’s ok. I think Hoffman’s concession is premature but that’s his decision to make not mine. There are times you are going to win and times you don’t and if this turns out to be a time we don’t then so be it.

As I’ve already said, it was MUCH more important to have this fight and prevent what would become the media’s “bi-partisan” vote for all that is Pelosi and Obama that to have the seat for the year. I would of course have preferred to have em both but when you’ve had almost the entire loaf, you can’t quibble over the last piece.

If the party had a normal primary Hoffman would have doubtless defeated Dede the (now less) angry and I suspect would have managed to pull out the win against Owens. In 2010 with a real primary in place and with one year of Owens voting with Obama this will be a much more likely outcome. Dede will celebrate the successful vendetta with our (newfound?) friends on the left and will likely see a reward both from the MSM and the administration. After all the Owens race is the one bright spot in a dismal day for democrats.

Part of being willing to fight is to risk the chance of defeat, when that comes you take it like a man, so congratulations democrats, you have one more house seat.

Now Govern! Do it wisely because if you don’t I suspect you won’t be winning it a 2nd time in 2010.

Thanks to Doug Hoffman for his efforts in sparing us an Obama Democrat, for that if nothing else the party owes him.

Update: Maybe it’s just me, but as someone who objected to the MSM stalling on calling states that were clearly for Bush in 2000 I didn’t like that Drudge didn’t bother keeping the NY-23 stats updated because Hoffman was behind. It’s no less weaselly when it’s done for our side.

Update 2: National Review agrees with me:

If Hoffman decides to run in 2010, he will probably be running against a Bill Owens whose party has forced him to take tough votes on monstrous health-care, energy and card-check bills. This is still a Republican district. Plus, Hoffman won’t have to worry about zombie Scozzafava taking 5 percent of the vote.

The president and Pelsoi will not make it easy for him, there will be one path for re-election for him and he has already articulated it and may have been the difference in the race.