The election

November 3, 2010
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The city’s voters came out in great numbers Tuesday.

More than 42% of all those registered to vote cast a ballot.

The outcome, which seemed to hang in the balance, was predictable in the end.

After all, Chelsea and all of Massachusetts is a Democratic stronghold.

It appears that way more so than ever following balloting on Tuesday.

The entire Democratic slate won – an incredible occurrence given the substantial Republican tide that swept the nation and changed the balance of power in the Congress.

What does this say about Massachusetts voters?

We believe it reflects a deeper sense of certainty about ourselves and our way of life.

It reflects as well, we believe, that human beings in the end are more important than heartless economic policies where people are reduced to figures on a spread sheet.

Charlie Baker, the Republican candidate, is a smart guy and a good Dad and husband.

But his plea for fiscal reformation did not resonate as much as Governor Deval Patrick’s belief that human beings are frail and need all the help they can get to go through the tough times.

We believe that resonated and this is why the Republicans went down.

What happens now is anyone’s guess.

We do know this, Massachusetts seems to be a place completely unto itself – out of step with the Tea Party and the job cutters and with the folks who make fun of poor people or those reliant on welfare.

It is a prideful thing to have bucked the negative energy advocates.

Massachusetts has once again shown that it marches to the beat of a different drummer.

  • Anonymous

    42% turnout and you call that great? I remember a time in Chelsea when anything under 70% was considered a disapointment. What was the remaining 58% doing on Tuesday that they could not spend 10 minutes between 7:00 A.M. and 8:00 P.M. (or get an absentee ballot) to vote?


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