TFB WIN, ELECTION RESULTS SHOW THE PLANET AT ITS “NOSTRADAMUS” BEST … SOME THOUGHTS ON ANOTHER DISMAL ELECTORAL OUTING FOR THE CITY OF PITTSFIELD
By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19, 2011) — Welcome, earthlings, to the Day After Election hangover. It was a pathetic day yesterday in the 3rd Berkshire District, with barely more than 20% bothering to vote and the “winner” taking a plurality of that tiny number of only about one third.
TRUE STATEMENT: The next state rep for the 3rd will be going to Beacon Hill with 93% of the electorate having either voted for someone else or not bothering to vote at all. What a republic! Viva Special Interests. Viva the Death of Rationality.
OUR “NOSTRA” WAS “DAMUSING” PRETTY GOOD, WEREN’T IT?
Just as THE PLANET predicted, for the second election in a row and with uncanny accuracy, Tricia Farley-Bouvier took the special election in a close contest yesterday.
* THE PLANET predicted a turnout in the 3rd Berkshire District of 6, 380. Unofficially from the city clerk’s office, 5,922 cast ballots. We were optimists on turnout, but not by much.
* THE PLANET predicted a TFB, Mark Miller, Pam Malumphy, Mark Jester order of finish. We were spot on, as we were in Pittsfield’s preliminary election last month.
* THE PLANET predicted TFB with a plurality of 42 percent. She took but 32%. Miller we had at 30%. He won 29.5%. We called Malumphy with 18%. She got 25%. Jester registered “low single digits” (us) and 16% (actual).
The quick armchair analysis showed a few obvious things:
* The relative unpopularity of TFB. To limp to Boston on a plurality of of less than one-third of the votes cast — a miniscule 0.078% of the total electorate — makes a mockery of the electoral process.
* It’s clear Malumphy cost Miller a victory, for she as third place candidate drew a large portion of the “anyone but” vote from him. No Malumphy in the race, and Miller is the next state rep.
* This now makes four straight electoral defeats for Malumphy: city council, state rep, mayor, and state rep. At some point, if she’s not willing to becoming a walking electoral punch line, she has to realize: It’s over, politically. Her scorched-earth policy, her long enemies list, her inability to take a punch, her thin skin, and her petulance makes her a political non-starter. It’s a shame and a waste, because she has innate talent.
* TFB goes to Boston without a mandate. That being the case, what makes her anything more than (a) a back bencher or (b) a political pawn of the larger interests that sent her to Beacon Hill in the first place? THE PLANET will hold fire and give her a chance to perform. We hope (against hope?) that it will be a performance fiery as it is integral, representative as it is admirable. We’re from Missouri at the moment. We have “Show me” on our license plate.
In the next few days, THE PLANET will be meeting separately with mayoral candidates Peter Marchetti (today in a Secret Location far above the City) and Dan Bianchi. We will keep you informed.
Meanwhile, forget polls and conventional wisdom. If you want to know what’s going to happen on Election Night in November, you’re going to have to get THE PLANET. Free everyday day, and priceless to boot!
GOTTA GO NOW INTO A BUSY MORNING OF WRITING AND SPEAKING. BACK LATER …
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL.