Manassas City Theater in the Round: Epilogue
Manassas City Theater in the Round: Epilogue
The election has come and gone, but the theater continues. Those who have lost the most, try not to “wawl and cry” nor “mewl and puke” and instead have chosen to spin with much “pride, pomp , and circumstance,” the post-election eulogy of their effort. Much mirth we draw (not to mention laughter) in watching those who made such a noise for their chosen slate, try to salvage a faux victory from what is in fact a stunning defeat.
In some ways, the silence is deafening so, again, rather than charge into the fray, we have chosen to give our “ thoughts no tongue” for a time, let the dust settle, gather numerous perspectives on the election results, and develop what we believe to be a much clearer picture of what happened, and, what it all means.
Just to recap the council results:
Wolfe – 1363
Write -in – 1052 (Bass received 997 of these votes)
Carman – 842
School Board Results:
Chavez – 1366
Albrecht – 1307
Bushnell – 1211
Purdy – 1185
Dance – 1055
Magee – 854
Sutherland – 805
Write-in – 805
So what does it all mean? Here’s our take:
The biggest victor on Tuesday was indeed Mark Wolfe. Councilman Wolfe was targeted by the Tea Party, at the convention, and survived. He was targeted yet again during the general election, and garnered the most votes of any candidate. We are sure his detractors will have difficulty squawking for a time, as it will take quite a while for them to finish the heaping plate of crow, of which they must now partake. Sharing the laurels of victory, are Councilman Jonathan Way and Councilman-elect Ian Lovejoy. Also worth mentioning are the Manassas GOP, and uber-Republican Chairman Steve Thomas who also probably took a lap or two. We wonder who secretly breathed a sigh of relieve from the winner’s circle.
The biggest loser on Tuesday was the coalition of Manassas Tea Party, Greg & bvbl, Doug Brown & ABTF. First, they failed to defeat Mark Wolfe not once, but TWICE. Second, their “preferred slate” lost. Now they may try to claim some partial victory in the elections of Way and Lovejoy, but these candidates were on the GOP ticket. Look at the numbers above and ask yourselves what Carman’s 842 votes, and Sutherland’s (their lead horse for school board) 805 votes, say about the ability of this uber-conservative, anti-establishment coalition to carry a candidate to victory. Not as many torches and pitchforks are in the little city, as the Tea Party coalition would like us to believe there are. Even more telling, the complete rejection of their two “anti-establishment” candidates, leads us to believe that the Tea Party message is a dud.
In a post-mortem on a certain dark blog, both the analysis and the comments indicate that this hasn’t quite sunk in. They’ve yet “To seek the light of truth, while truth the while,”and while on the subject of blogs, one in particular rose to the stage this season: A Bridge Too Far.
The title of this blog seemed very familiar. We knew there was a movie with the same title. Turns out it’s about the very real WWII mission “Market Garden”, in which the allies tried an audacious plan to seize a series of bridges, which would get them into Germany quicker, and end the war. Rather than sit through a 3 hour “guy movie”, we just asked a couple of guys to fill us in. It turns out the mission was a failure, because the allies were overreaching, and it ended in disaster. In an election so full of irony it has become theater, we think Doug Brown’s title for his blog was ironic as well. For you see, the Tea Party coalition, and its blogger and elected allies were overreaching throughout. They tried to go “A Bridge Too Far”, and received an electoral disaster for their troubles.
Many questions remain, and the overly optimistic prognostications of the torches and pitchfork crowd notwithstanding, we think politics in the little city bear watching. Will the Lady Bass run again, but this time be fully prepared for the convention, backed by a “pink army”? Will Ian Lovejoy realize it was his place on the party ticket that carried him to victory, and will he distance himself from the Tea Party? Will Doug Brown run out of people to attack on his blog? Will people even read his blog, considering his support is a political “kiss of death?” Will Chairman Steve be able to unite the GOP in time to face the Barrack Obama freight train in November [evil grin]? Will the Manassas Democrats ever find a local candidate, who can win? Is Andy next on the Tea Party’s hit list? What will Jerry Carman do? What doth this portend for the Baron and the Prince? Many questions indeed. We, your humble ‘howlets, shall watch and report. Stay tuned!
[Aside: The Little Theater in the Round was brought to you by the many requests from our friends.]
If we were of the Republican persuasion, we might be tempted to exclaim: All’s well that ends well.