As time and severely sleep-deprived brain power allow today, I'll try to put up some post-election observations and reflections.
Driving in this morning I saw Gaye Symington
standing alone on the sidewalk in front of the Sheraton near the I-89 interchange holding a hand-lettered sign that read "thank you." She was waving at cars and smiling, alone in her thoughts, free to be herself again. No aides standing by her side.
When I spoke to Tom Hermann, the 29-year-old Progressive who challenged Peter Welch
on his war record, he mentioned how nervous he'd been at every debate and speech and interview. And how ironic that he hadn't been that nervous on most days during his tour in Iraq. "Where's the common sense in that?" he asked rhetorically.
Tuesday morning I caught up with three Chittenden
Senate candidates outside Essex High School. I spoke with each separately, but they all made the same observation -- the Chittenden
district is too unwieldy
and should be split up.
Democrat Denise Barnard said, "win or lose, I really think this district needs to be broken up. I think there would be better constituent service." Minutes later Democrat/Progressive Tim Ashe said the same thing. And then Republican Robyn Myers-Moore echoed her rivals. "The size of our Senate district -- 110,000 people -- that is a pretty big step away from the approach to small, local politics that is how Vermonters like it. I worry that this big district doesn't represent the interests of all its towns."
-- Nancy Remsen