At City Hall
In the political prognostation racket there are two types, those who pretend to know what's going on and those who really do. There's no question which group I belong to after last night, as I was right in my predictions about every single major race and wrong about only two minor ones. In those cases I chose people on the basis of sentimentality and never really did think they would win. I guess even when I purposely try to be wrong I'm really right! Okay, okay so enough of my obnoxious boasting, although like they say in Texas, "It ain't braggin' if it's true."
Last night I stopped in at City Hall in Northampton after the polls closed. The joint was packed.
Again I felt like I was in an episode of Mayberry RFD as we had to wait for the clerks to write the results by hand on a paper that was taped up on the wall.
My WHMP friends Kelsey Flynn and Jaz Tupelo were there.
Dave Narkewicz, shown here on the left being interviewed by local media stud David Pakman, won his race for at-large councilor.
A former ward councilor, Narkewicz gave up his seat in order to run citywide. The only logical reason to do that is to demonstrate that he can carry the whole city, leading to widespread speculation that he is setting himself up as a future mayor, perhaps as Clare Higgins chosen heir.
Pakman with another successful at-large candidate Jesse Adams.
The man who tried to oust Higgins, Michael Bardsley, showed up optimistically flashing thumbs up signs, but it was not to be.
Exactly as I predicted, Higgins squeaked by to victory. In the paper today Bardsley blamed his defeat on the help Higgins got from Gov. Deval Patrick. Nonsense, Patrick is so unpopular now that the Higgins camp should have paid him NOT to endorse her.
As I was leaving City Hall I walked past the Higgins headquarters, which is almost across the street, and saw the mayor sitting inside getting ready to go to her victory celebration. Of course I had to stop in and take her picture.
Like all Valley mayors, Higgins may have second thoughts about the value of her victory when she has to deal with the inescapable across the board budget cuts that will be mandatory in the next fiscal year. But last night the taste of victory was no doubt very sweet.
Bad Move Maine
Hate Be Gone
Remember the hate graffiti I encountered on the woodland way the other morning?
It was completely gone the next day.
Well done, city workers! If only hate itself was as easily removed.
I've been in the public eye for 40 years, and a fair amount of the things I've said out loud I've had to unsay. I find that refreshing. You have to look at inconvenient facts as an opportunity to rethink the whole damn thing - as a chance to get closer to being right.
- Merry Prankster Stuart Brand.