Of all the "blah, blah, blah" posted here, the best post I've seen came yesterday from CleanCampaign, who, in responding to a post calling for a stop to all the negative campaigning, put it all in great perspective and reflects exactly why I - like many other residents out there - will make darn sure we vote on Tuesday and in so doing, vote AGAINST the incumbents Duboc and Winkler (and also against Boyle who, while perhaps a good candidate, will NOT get votes solely because he chose to run with Duboc and Winkler):
I think what we're seeing in this election may be a case of chickens coming home to roost. The incumbent slate has spent the past year ignoring the concerns of parents who use the Menlo Children's Center, using 3-2 votes to force their agenda, vilifying the city employees union, and riding roughshod over anyone who stands in their way. Did you really expect these groups to sit back during this election? The incumbents have alienated a lot of people with their heavyhanded approach to governing, and it should surprise nobody that so many people are coming out against them. Yes, I agree, we need to restore civility to the public debate, but what we're seeing now are the end product of four years of uncivil, discourteous, and mean-spirited behavior by the incumbents.