The governor’s race is a substantive one in which all five principal candidates are making serious public policy proposals. Second, not one of them is a fool or a scoundrel.
Perhaps Bernie Sanders, who has lost elections before, understands that while losing can be honorable, whining about it is not. Would that all his followers understood that, too.
There is scant evidence that scads of wealthy Vermonters have been decamping to Florida, or anywhere else for that matter, because of taxes or any other factor.
for a few weeks — after the New Hampshire primary March 1, after the Michigan primary a week later — it appeared not all that foolish to speculate that Sanders could win the nomination, meaning he could win the presidency.
The common theme among the Vermont economy sourpusses is that taxes are too high and regulations too stringent, discouraging business expansion.
Sanders failed in this campaign only by not winning the nomination. Otherwise he succeeded.
Bernie Sanders and many of his supporters have described the entire nominating process as rigged. They have a point. But processes do not spring from nature.
The state’s overwhelmingly white racial makeup leaves many Vermonters ill-equipped to deal with people of other races when they do come in contact with them.
While some of the uncompromising anti-Clinton (or anti-Trump) voters mention some legitimate political reasons, as many talk about what their vote would mean to them, to their perception of themselves as a certain kind of person with certain values and connections.
Vermont legislators are hardly averse to making a big splash. But they demonstrated that they’d rather spend their time dealing with the nitty-gritty of governing, even if that won’t get them on network TV.
Agreeing in general that marijuana should be legal is one thing. Agreeing on just how it should be legal is something else altogether.
The only way state government can spend less is to do less: Don’t fill the potholes; close the state parks; let the wetlands get filled in; give less money to impoverished single mothers.
There is the possibility that the campaign will survive as a movement even after the election. The possibility is not a likelihood. The same kind of talk has been heard from the supporters of losing candidates before, including former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.
The temptation to blame public officials for the sins of the people who elect them should be resisted, not because it is unkind, but because it is wrong. Those who succumb to it are themselves corrupt, intellectually if not ethically.