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Kiss Wins Corner Office, W7 Rejects Cole
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
If you read how I was voting, you know I'm pleased with the election results.

Here's a quote from Hinda Miller talking to Channel 17's Rob Reiber at The VT Pub and Brewery last night:

“We took the high road. Always the high road. I can't say that for my opponents”-Hinda Miller

This sums up why you lost, Hinda. You claimed you took the "high road" and then went ahead and took the low road in the very same breath. You're supposed to congratulate the winner, not make vague, spiteful accusations on election night. Think about things, senator.

I think Burlington did the right thing last night. What do you think?
posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 7:14 AM  
  • At March 08, 2006 9:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    A victory on so many levels...for less money in elections, for shorter, elections, for IRV. Nice guys finish first sometimes.

  • At March 08, 2006 9:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Loyal Ploof: The Dragon Slayer!

  • At March 08, 2006 9:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    That's funny, anonymous, "Loyal Ploof: The Dragon Slayer!"
    I love it!

  • At March 08, 2006 10:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    She didn't take the high road. She worked by direct mail. Kiss had dozens of volunteers taking to the streets, the high road, the side streets, the back streets,every house and apartment in the city... on foot. Real grassroots, not Howard Dean grassroots which means collecting money and spending it on mailings. Kiss was the perfect candidate that made people want to walk miles for him. Miller's history is her history. Reporters check on people's histories. Briggs, from the Free Press, was actively looking for dirt on Kiss. There isn't any. Voters liked that.

  • At March 08, 2006 10:19 AM, Blogger Haik Bedrosian said…

    I don't agree with this take on other blogs that Miller was "swiftboated."

    The myth that Kerry didn't deserve his medals his completely different than Lisa Lindahl's assesment of her business partner.

    There is such a thing as "the fog of war." There is no such thing as "the fog of jogbra."

    It's a stupid comparison.

  • At March 08, 2006 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hinda didn't even win in her ward. Probably her husband voted for Kiss.

  • At March 08, 2006 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thank you. Yes, it's a stupid comparison. Weak candidates lose.

  • At March 08, 2006 11:21 AM, Blogger Fells said…

    Someone said the Free Press was looking for dirt on Kiss, and I was as well. I came up with one thing, Kiss is as clean as a whistle, and no one had a bad thing to say about him. I don't have an opinion either way as I am not a Burlington resident, but I think the voters made the right choice. Even in victory, Kiss was very calm, very respectful, and almost had an "aw shucks" look on his face while I was interviewing him. Good choice Burlington.

  • At March 08, 2006 12:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think that Hinda ran a good, clean race. I was a volunteer and I was very proud of the way she performed. She was respectable and very interested in the concerns of city residents. When we went door to door, when we did lit drops, dropped off lawn signs, ect...there were always a bunch of supporters there to help her out and the staff.

    I am proud of Hinda and the campaign she ran. Bob also ran a great campaign and congrats to him and his campaign staff for winning. One thing about this, is that we couldn't go wrong with either one of them. I think they both would make great Mayors. Congrats to Bob, and I am glad that Hinda will remain as our Senator.

  • At March 08, 2006 12:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    uh, check the time stamp on my post that coined the "swift boating" thing: March 07, 2006 at 11:44:37 US/Eastern. Can't be a sore loser if no-one's lost yet.

    Look, it's yer-alls blog, so I wont try to start a pissing war. I stand by the analogy though, and not as a Miller partisan. Before the attacks, I dont know who I wouldve voted for. My Burlington friends who were over for dinner last weekend remarked that they expected me to harass them to vote for Kiss.

    But the point is that personal attack campaigning sucks. The anonymous Progressive insider who tipped off PoliticsVT to the smear campaign called it "Republican, Karl Rove tactics to tarnish someone's reputation." Hardly a sore loser Millerite.

    Again, your show so I wont swoop back in to somehow get the last word. Pound away. All I can say is when you lose your ability to see the faults of your own "side", even when they're painfully obvious, it may be time to step back and catch your breath for a moment.

    Thanks for birdogging the election so closely. It's been a good read for us non-Burlington types.

  • At March 08, 2006 12:54 PM, Blogger Haik Bedrosian said…

    I don't believe there was any 'smear campaign,' but people will see this thing in a number of ways. That's natural. Thanks for writing in, Odum. Visit BurlingtonPol often!

  • At March 08, 2006 1:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Pretty much anybody knows the Free Press is no friend of Progressives. In fact, the progs probably would have freaked out if the Freeps had endorsed Kiss. Briggs is a reporter (for a rag, but that's beside the point) It was often said the campaign was lackluster. Briggs needed dirt to make it more interesting and found it. Miller's history with her company is totally within bounds...not smearing, just fact.

  • At March 08, 2006 1:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Briggs had a boilerplate story on "Hinda's narrow victory" all ready to go last night! I saw him get pissed that he had to go and actually write the news!

    His pro-Hinda bias has been evident in his writing all along.

  • At March 08, 2006 1:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    In her campaign, Hinda quoted Ghandi's "Insistence on the truth." Whose truth? Is it now a "smear" to voice an opposing viewpoint? Somehow culpable to have had a different experience of someone other than the one they are projecting in what is ostensibly a job interview? Do voters WANT to be deceived? Or do they want to hear ALL the facts, all the truths, and make up their own minds? I think Briggs did a good job in his Miller profile. He gave her the opportunity to rebutt and she didn't. Calling that the "high ground" is just weird. I call it denial. Self denial.

  • At March 08, 2006 1:59 PM, Blogger JBaker said…

    Hinda Miller for Mayor outspent Bob Kiss for Mayor by a margin of 8 to 1. In most places in this country (or on this planet for that matter), if you outspent a political opponent by that much, you would have to, as the old saying goes, be "caught with a dead woman or a live boy" to lose.

    They had money: we have people.

    It's a great day to live in Burlington. It's a great day to be a Progressive!

    We did it!

  • At March 08, 2006 2:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I agree w/ Haik -- the Swift Boat analogy is way off. Cute, but off. Lindahl was a business partner with the same goal as Miller -- the success of their biz endeavor. That she could not "in good conscience" vote for Miller, her biz partner is just a fellow-worker's personal judgement & opinion. Not a lie. Voters can take from it what they will. It was the Free Press, in form of Briggs that brought all this to light -- not the Progs.

  • At March 08, 2006 4:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Did that last anonymous post come from Miller campaign HQ? Note that (TM) after "Jogbra" -- looks official to me!
    Poor loser is right!

  • At March 08, 2006 6:56 PM, Blogger Haik Bedrosian said…


    Everybody got it out of their system?


    The election is over and so is this string!

    Thanks for reading

    Visit often!

  • At March 08, 2006 7:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oh, come on. This is fun!

  • At March 09, 2006 3:43 PM, Blogger Haik Bedrosian said…

    OK, fine. Keep going if you want.

  • At March 09, 2006 4:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Whee! Thanks!

    Great piece in the Free Press about grassroots delivering Kiss.

  • At March 10, 2006 2:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    yay haik!

    you've found the perfect outlet for your brilliance!!

    keep it up!

    this vague, quasi-unrelated compliment brought to you by 'oops, i crapped my pants'

  • At March 10, 2006 7:30 AM, Blogger Haik Bedrosian said…

    Oops! I crapped mine too.

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