“What a day it was. It was like the longest day”– The mayor’s Blue Suit talking with Josh Resnek
By JOSH RESNEK
Tuesday was primary day.
The mayor’s Blue Suit and I drove all around to the polling places, checked out the various headquarters, and tried to feel the karma of the day.
In some primary elections, you are able to feel the energy and the vibrancy of local politics.
Yesterday, we tried to feel the day for what it was. Right from the beginning, it was hard to do.
First of all, there didn’t seem to be much energy around the city except for the politicians and their supporters.
That makes sense.
At this time in our national history, politics and primaries aren’t exactly what they used to be.
Participation has plunged. Numbers of voters coming out have taken a dive.
Primaries, and even some elections, have become things unto themselves.
“What does that mean, Josh?” the Blue Suit asked me.
“People just don’t care as much anymore. That’s what it means. Vote totals are lower than expected or slightly higher but with very little variation,” I answered.
We were driving around the city going from polling place to polling place.
“You see all those people holding DeMaria signs?” the Blue Suit asked.
Yes. So what?” I replied.
“Well, most of them are not from Everett. They were brought in by the mayor to hold signs on streets corners.”
In Everett Square, Capone signs dominated. They were all held by Capone supporters from Everett in an obvious sign of how different a grassroots campaign can be from the mayor’s campaign – which relied on money and city employees to do the horrible tasks of holding signs, going door to door, making contributions and on and on.Continue reading — Eye on Everett —