(Hot off the press, here’s Patti’s thank you / victory ad in today’s Repuke)
Morse’s win is delightful, but this, here… it is savory. At the same time, there is some remorse to losing one’s nemesis. In some ways I will miss Patti.
Everyone looked sharp last night. Both Pluta and Plaisance were sporting new hairdos. Though, it was odd to see that Pluta dyed her hair to match Morse’s color? I was told that this was this was Nelson Roman’s decision. Bad call, dude. Also, Elaine walked in wearing this leopard fur collared coat. She looked fabulous but it was slightly over the top… something that I’d expect to see worn at a five-star resort rather than the sober event that is a political debate. Morse did wear a great tie. I must admit, I lament the fall of Gaddafi for one very good reason… they have returned to the pre-1969 and post-colonization flag. I think most flags to be ugly and too busy. The Libyan flag of recent times was an amazing austere solid field of green, my favorite color… I think that everyone presented themselves very well with their answers. Both Pluta and Morse have run good campaigns with the exception of a few wrinkles on Pluta’s part with the “agenda money”, which was mostly addressed in this debate.
I have got to fault Plaisance on a few of his questions. At first I thought he was biased towards Pluta but then it became clear that he’s biased to sensationalism. First he twists words from Morse’s campaign about what Morse will bring to the office of mayor and that if he is bringing those things does that not imply that she is lacking them? A negative campaign does attack the other player, but he’s really speaking the truth here – and mostly about himself. Let’s be honest here… If you watch Pluta she’s not at all energetic. She shuffles about like zombie, uses almost no body-language and when she tries to speak with emotion she sounds all monotone like Donald Duck. As far as vision, we can all have different opinions about a casino… Pluta has been a strong supporter of Holyoke as a host city, lobbied for us in Boston and received campaign contributions from those involved. Then she praises Taco Bell? If this is part of her vision, then I must say it is indeed lacking. The idea that we must base success, jobs and tax revenue on vice and fast food is absurd. Sure, gambling should be legal, but I’d prefer back room and bar gambling to some billion dollar monument to sickness. Resources can be much better spent. The new legislation that Deval will sign into law is several steps backwards for our great state. Then, this troll hunter goes on to bring up Morse’s age. Has this not already been beaten to death and deemed a non-issue? He’s running a solid professional campaign, he’s serious and obviously he has what it takes. Could we not have asked questions about issues, ideas and leadership rather than this bullshit? Maybe if that were the case those that may have doubts about him would learn more than directly addressing the prejudice. We all know how old he is. Plaisance did take his turn with Pluta, asking her about her claim of having “the fight of her political life” and why does Morse “come out of nowhere” as a serious challenge to her position? It would have been much more useful to those witnessing the debate to get beyond the tabloid nonsense and instead to issues in Holyoke . These questions really did not cover any new ground for most of those in attendance and were a serious waste of time.
I don’t dislike Pluta. I just don’t think the results match her claims. I’ve witnessed much poor communication and bad ideas come from her in a brief two years. I do feel some sort of pity for her, I feel that she wants to do good for the city, but honestly, she does not have what it takes and the whole casino issue is a major flaw. I also think that she did not run an honest campaign at times. Those several different letters that went out concerning “agenda” and “out of town money” were downright sleazy fear-mongering. Sure… if I was watching this campaign from afar and I was not connected to the city or its politics I might actually donate to someone like Alex because it is downright inspiring. Speaking of good ideas and the digital age I do stuff like this all the time with organizations like Kickstarter, Kiva and various activist groups – I give more money out of town and out of the country than I do locally. Good ideas and progress are just that… so it really is no matter where they are happening… but of course, when hits home like we see here it is really wonderful.
I consider this election over. Morse is going to win. I had my doubts at first but there really is no way that the majority of Holyoke is that dim that they would agree that things are on the right path or that Elaine has proven herself thus far. It really has been a long time. We need some real leadership now. (and responsible media in the form of a daily newspaper)
Listen for yourself: