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Defining Insanity Through Elections
November 9, 2012 - Joselyn King
Albert Einstein once said the very definition of insanity was to continually repeat the same action -- but expect a different result.
An anxious public largely indicated throughout 2012 they wanted change this election year.
But after the dust settled on the touchscreen and optic scan voting machines this week (and Jefferson County finally had tabulations), it became evident not much change was going to occur. Most all incumbents locally -- and even nationwide -- were re-elected.
West Virginia voters did not return Darrell McGraw as attorney general, Betty Bauer failed to gain re-election as Hancock County magistrate. Marshall County Commissioner Jake Padlow now appears to have lost his race. But those races were the expection. It's not that many of the incumbents didn't deserve re-election. But these results -- and the voter behavior that brought them -- need to be analyzed.
To update those races I mentioned in the last blog -- Monroe County voters knew the difference between incumbent Commissioner Tim R. Price and his challenger, Timothy D. Price. They elected the incumbent.
And in Ohio's new 95th District voters didn't elect newcomer Charlie Daniels (not the fiddle player), but chose incumbent Ohio Rep. Andy Thompson, D-Marietta. (Daniels, though, won locally in Belmont and Harrison counties.)
Two incumbents who faced legal problems since last election were re-elected -- Belmont County Commissioner Matt Coffland and Delegate Ryan Ferns, D-Ohio. .
Incumbent Ohio County Sheriff Pat Butler prevailed over former Sheriff Tom Burgoyne, the former sheriff. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, likewise prevailed over former Rep. Charles Wilson, D-Ohio.
President Obama was re-elected. Democrats hold the U.S. Senate, and Republicans hold the U.S. House. Imagine the possibilities ... not.
The people have spoken, and they said they were happy with government.
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