Just as one might begin to wonder what could be sillier than Vermont Democrats, along come Vermont Republicans to bail them out.
Which came first at the Public Service Board: the police state tactics or the obstructionist zealotry?
The whole conversation this year about personal wealth and public policy has been muddle-headed. And no one has muddled it more than Bernie Sanders.
The Democratic turnout this year was almost the same as in 2010, the last time that party had a contest for governor. So the Republican fall-off can’t be attributed to having moved up the primary.
Bruce Lisman’s money bought him little more than humiliation, losing by some 20 percentage points to Phil Scott. But a slew of TV ads in the final days before the primary explains state Sen. David Zuckerman’s apparent victory in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.
Like so many political debates, this one may be as much tribal and psychological as scientific and rational.
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.