Phillipe and Jorge were given a subtle indicator that it was going to be a tough election night when an ad for his-and-hers KY Jelly ran right after the early ballot projections on Channel 6's news at 9 pm. This was to be a Ben Dover Production, indeed.
In the Biggest Little, the lubricant was less necessary than on the national front. P+J's favorite son, Linc Chafee, won the race for governor as was long expected at Casa Diablo, despite the Butterfly McQueen histrionics offered up by local political pundits about the true Independent Man being vulnerable to both Republican John Robitaille and endorsed Dem Frank "Shove it" Caprio.
We have high hopes for Linc, but it won't all be peaches and Rhody Fresh cream. He won despite his early announcement he would institute a sales tax on formerly exempt items, which many thought was a case of inserting his gun in mouth right out of the box. But it appears that at least a little over one-third of the Vo Dilun populace realizes that if the state is to have an economic recovery, there will and must be painful change. Linc told it like it is, and we have great faith in his honesty being a boon to the state in these very tough times. His toughest battle will be taking on a business-as-usual General Assembly which knows little shame when it comes to ethics or long-range fiscal planning. We also expect that Rhody citizens who don't already know her will be pleasantly surprised by their new First Lady, the energetic and upbeat Ms. Stephanie.
And kudos to John Robitaille who spared citizens the difficulty of learning to pronounce his name correctly, yet ran a commendable campaign, taking 33.5 percent of the vote.
Despite polls showing a dead heat heading into the election, P+J had no fear that Little Chi-Chi Cicilline would handle John Loughlin, the climate change denier, in the race to succeed Patrick Kennedy in Congress in District 1. He's in for a real treat as a freshman rep in a GOP-controlled House, and Vo Dilunduhs looking for some federal bacon will have to rely heavily on his colleague Jim Langevin, who rolled to a sixth term in District Two, to bring it home.
In the state general offices, old pal Liz Roberts kept the looie guv's office from going the dino-saur route by fending off Bob Healey, who as always spiced up the campaign dialogue and rattled the status quo cage. For secretary of state, "Ralphie Boy" Mollis barely squeaked by P+J's pick, Catherine Taylor, who may well have won if she had started campaigning before last month. She will be a force in the future if she shows the stomach for it.
All P+J ask of Peter Kilmartin as attorney general is that he live up to his many campaign promises and not just be a tool of the enfranchised. There is plenty of work to be done if he chooses to pursue it, and his future actions will be the measure of the man.