The war of the Borchis

Simple Mathematics:  So the green machine enjoyed 33,114 votes in the last election, but over time, with attrition and the loss of some candidates, including OO, PC, MHW, JDY, RH and MP, a total of 10.046 votes went by the sideways. So let’s assume that the party delivered 100% satisfaction, and managed to hug and hold its remaining flock, that brings us to 23.068 AVP voters. We have to keep in mind that some of those cheering in the videos were members of the island’s Latin community, who have no voting rights, yet. Then the new voters, a total of 4,611, were out for grabs.

Who grabbed them?

According to a table on page 23 of a magazine I received in the mail yesterday, the green machine has been growing since 1977, with a dip in 1983, then considerable growth until 2001, when it experienced a dip, then 40% growth in 2005, then another 20% growth in 2013.

As for MEP, the party remained constant from 1975, some peaks and some dips, but the total number remained amazingly the same. In 1977 they scored 17,112 voters, and in 2013, 17,653 voters, while the island population doubled in size. Did the party manage to acquire new voters now that it added a number of ambitious, forward-thinking fresh politicians to its ranks?

If AVP wins a majority in today’s elections, I am hopeful that the OM investigation will serve as a warning, curbing the party’s appetite for favoritism and opaque practices.

A joke I heard recently described how the MEP government was like Robin Hood stealing from the rich to give to the poor and how the AVP government is like Bernie Madhoff, stealing from the poor to give to the rich! It’s a joke! But every joke has a grain of truth in it.

If MEP wins a majority in Friday’s election, I hope they don’t nix all projects began by the previous government. I hope they take inventory and proceed to finish the work began in a more sober, controlled and deliberate manner.  The naked scar carved into the island’s middle, the path of the bombastic Watty Vos Blvd, would look ugly, abandoned desperate if the project is killed.

Will POR recuperated after the 16 page biblical-proportioned shitstorm filled with “poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps,” the PORkeria circulating in our mail boxes?

Will all of those educated, well-spoken individuals I have spoke to really vote RAIZ in the privacy of their electoral booth??

I walked out of Santa Anna School this morning, after voting, they were still stapling a new billboard of the former MinPres across from the church on the Romar Trading billboard, this morning at 10am. Campaigning long past deadline.

All we have to do is sit and wait…

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September 22, 2017
Rona Coster