We were tempted to begin this editorial with the trite phrase, “The people have spoken.” But the people have done more than speak in yesterday’s election. By an almost two-to-one margin, the people of Croton let out a roar of disapproval and unhappiness with the Republican Party for trying to fob off a pair of ersatz candidates for the post of Trustee.
We accept that Mr. Streany spent many hours training for and being on call as a volunteer firefighter. We accept that for many years Mrs. Minett has been unhappy with one situation after another in the Village and has publicly expressed her discontent. But in each case, voters recognized that such credentials alone were not enough to qualify these candidates to formulate the policies of the Village and to dispense its funds. In addition, however, it was one candidate’s unsavory baggage and the other candidate’s perpetually narrow contrariness and lack of experience in dealing with anything more complicated than a household budget that doomed them both to such a decisive defeat.
That old warhorse Winston Churchill had an expression that fits this election. He said, “The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult.” This brings to mind another Churchill quotation: “In war, resolution; in defeat, defiance; in victory, magnanimity; in peace, goodwill.” The Democrats may think that the battle is over and the time has come to be magnanimous. This is sheer nonsense. The battle for the next election in 2009 has just begun. The 2008 election was the first skirmish in that battle. Only the same spirited willingness of the Democrats to carry the attack to the opposition can hope to eject the do-nothing Schmidt administration from office.
No matter how uncomfortable we make Trustee Brennan and others with political ambitions, Crotonblog will continue to be an aggressive force for truth. And since when is the truth “mudslinging?” Our research in public records has revealed information that, while embarrassing for those under our spotlight, has never been refuted. We shall continue our investigative research in future campaigns and let the devil take the hindmost.
We are not going away. If future candidates have anything questionable in their past, our advice to them is to reconsider their decisions to run for office. Harry Truman once said, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” Crotonblog would modify that to, “If you can’t stand the spotlight, get off the stage.”