Thursday, November 10, 2005

2005 Elections: Local Conservatives Clobbered

In Watertown (Excel Spreadsheet), Republican Steve Aylward finished sixth in a field of six. Aylward finished within the top four spots in three precincts, but placed last in all District A and B precincts, perhaps indicating poor organization in District A and in Precinct 6 of District B, which were not particularly strong for leftist candidates and issues.

In Cambridge, Republican candidate Andre Green finished 14th out of 18 candidates, receiving only 181 (1.1%) out of 16,070 first-place votes in Cambridge's Plan E proportional representation electoral system. Libertarian candidate Bill Hees did only slightly better than Green, receiving 198 first-place votes. Green picked up only 18 additional votes from the first four rounds of reapportionment (that is, Galluccio's surplus voters plus Condit, Hall and LeTremouille's seconds). After Green was eliminated, only 55 of his 199 votes rolled up to Hees, illustrating the sharp divisions between these two wings of what is supposed to be one "conservative movement". Green's seconds were enough to boost Hees from 13th to 12th and give him 278 votes at the end of the seventh round.

Cambridge's PR system (yet another futile attempt to circumvent Arrow's Impossibility Theorem) makes it difficult for voters to select a balanced slate of councilors. A liberally inclined voter agreeing with The Alewife that Andre Green could "speak the truth to the well-born Democrats, who dominate the city" would have had to have selected Green as her first choice in order for Green to certainly benefit at all from her vote. Strategically, it might make sense for voters to habitually choose the weakest candidates first, in order to maximize their ballot's chances of affecting the outcome, but it is difficult to vote strategically without good polling data.

In Boston, Ed Flynn increased his preliminary round vote totals by over 95%, but remained in 8th and last place and did not win election.

Our former Downeast Counties by a modest margin adopted a radical provision normalizing transsexual behavior. The difference between Tuesday's vote totals and the votes on a similar question five years ago are too great to be attributed to the passage of time. But that is cold comfort to Mainers. The consequences of the new law are mostly unknown. What is known is that in the absence of a similar provision in Massachusetts law, the government here nevertheless encourages some children who suffer from gender identity disorder (or merely have been misdiagnosed) to consider mutilating themselves and other misbehavior. It goes without saying that Massachusetts parents are not notified of this sort of counseling.

The worst hurt of the night came from California, where the parental notification law was narrowly defeated. Besides helping to save the lives of babies and the health and well-being of young women, the law would have made it more difficult to cover up the rape of vulnerable young women, including the mentally impaired and the children of illegal aliens.

The one bright spot was the resounding defeat of the CPA in Watertown, a successful defense of property led by the intrepid John DiMascio.

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