OK, boys and girls, the primaries are over. Let’s see what hit the floor when the chips fell on Tuesday.
Riding the wave of Phillipe and Jorge’s endorsement, Angel Taveras cruised to victory in the race for mayor of Our Little Towne — putting a big can of whup-ass on clapped-out City Councilman John Lombardi and the disgraced Steve Costantino, who helped run the state into a financial ditch as chair of the House Finance committee. So much for the highly touted “organizations” of both losers. P+J have high hopes for Angel as long as he doesn’t pull an Obama and let his cojones ascend when he faces tough decisions.
The lovely and stylish Liz Roberts walked all over Red Sox fan Jerry Kapstein, who never really explained why he was even in the race for looey gov. Peter Kilmartin looks like a November shoo-in for AG, and we hope if elected, he lets his wife do the driving on St. Patrick’s Day.
Little Chi-Chi surprised no one by winning the 1st Congressional District Democratic primary. He should have a repeat performance in the general election tilt with John Loughlin, as should 2nd District winner and incumbent Jim Langevin when he faces the GOP’s Mark Zaccaria in six-plus weeks. Special note here: While we assume Cicilline will bring his enthusiasm and smarts to Congress, the inevitable limits on a freshman legislator in D.C. will remind us of how good Patrick Kennedy was at bringing home the bacon for Vo Dilun through his position on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. All the help he gave other Dem candidates nationally didn’t hurt either. Time for Langevin to start swinging the big stick until Chi-Chi gains some clout in the Capitol.
The interest now turns to the gubernatorial race, where Republican primary winner John Robitaille has little chance of besting Casa Diablo fave Linc Chafee or Republican wannabe Frank Caprio, who is living out his father’s political dreams (and whose brother David got whipped in his primary in the Narragansett/North Kingstown House district, putting the first licking on the Caprio push for a family dynasty).
The exceedingly low voter turnout again prompts P+J to suggest that in the future, any person receiving any sort of state and/or federal social service aid should be required to vote or have their benefits taken away. You want to have the government carry you, then you take part in the political process. Turn off Oprah, put down the Doritos and that can of Narragansett, get your buttocks off the sofa, and do your duty. Capisce?
THE MILITARY-THEMED CASA DIABLO
A nice story by the Associated Press on September 8 showing that the cyber-police are still arrogant practitioners of police state thinking.
Microsoft Corp. was caught with egg on its digital face after it suspended a 26-year-old from its Xbox LIVE online gaming system for a supposed homophobic slur.
Josh Moore’s offense: when he logged on, he stated that he was from Fort Gay, West Virginia. The AP reported Josh remained on suspension for several days even as he noted that his hometown is, indeed, called Fort Gay.
(Oh, why, oh, why, couldn’t P+J have come up with “Fort Gay” as a name for the treehouse — No Girlz allowed! — at Casa Diablo?)