Mickey Mouse, and Mel Blanks) distanced!
The great thing about columns on-line are that you can look back and see predictions. (Almost 4000 of you read first hand in only five days!) Same thing I say to my kids, when they say I am slow and fat, go on Internet and look at my 3 hour 1985 NY Marathon.
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Mr. Quirk, and his supporters, especially Jim Saben and Mike Stone, deserve credit for a fine Campaign. Jim himself was smart enough not to rally opponent's nerve or anger any other significant bases. The bottom line in bad weather , Police, Teachers, and Town Workers will show up. No matter what! The ballot questions prove that theory. Yarmouth, may be the most balanced liberal and conservative scale around. Two of four over-rides and all very close races further support it.
Now to the opponents: No one was more critical of Bud Groskopf than me. I thought he should have apologized at least, and clearly the voters thought so too. From where I stood, Bud's supporters were classy, despite the reality that they knew.
Here is something- that Bud, to his credit, did not wear on his sleeve- that I realized yesterday as I looked at the plates on cars. First of all, the thin blue line votes, and Bud has a Bronze Star for VALOR! Appropriatetly, two Veterans got more than a solid share of the votes (90%). As Memorial Day approaches, and my holiday (Election Day) ends, it is reassuring to know voters still have that respect. Another thing that is clear is that when opponents "Scare" the favorites, they get supporters and voters to show up.(GOTV).
In Yarmouth, I have never seen- nor has anyone else for that matter- 2-4 supporters for every candidate, at every polling place, for 13 hours. One and 4 voters who came out deserve their loud voices heard. I would still demand a re-count if I were Mr. Quirk. The waste water issue will bring people , other than those with jobs or vested interest in candidates or issues, out of the weeds. Don't extend your mandate, Mr. Quirk! Elections Happen, in several forms. Public outcry might stop before even a town meeting, and more likely after one.
All in all , alot of fun, for a Selectmans race. It keeps the blood flowing. My Cousin, who died as an Irish Citizen and a U.S. Marine, would be proud of his posthumous citizenry. I stood from 7am -8pm, and everybody brought goodies and shared. Thankfully, we are all on the same team, no matter our passions or persuasions. Congratulations to the winners! To the losers, you are not losers, you took a chance, and even opposing voters appreciate you! "If at first, you don't suceed... Democracy always wins!"
Now to the other games in town, as promised. My friend, P.J. from Yarmouth, a rabid Bruins fan would be proud that the Bruins did not give up after game one beating, and probably knew they would come back , hard as anticipated here, as the election fodder closed. This will continue to be an interesting match -up, almost as much as the Yarmouth Selectmans race. (No front pages until the end, though. ) Play-off match-ups are fun in sports or politics. The games go on! Shake hands and come out fighting! The best games in Town! Stay tuned for information on the Cape Cod Seadogs.