Election Day Wrap-Up
We know that many readers were anxiously awaiting DelcoTomPaine's take on the election results, expecting our usual insight and wisdom and maybe some good gossip too. But frankly, election results in Delco are just so ho-hum, so predictable, and so unexciting, that we can hardly stand to waste the keystrokes. Here are a few observations however:
Paula Brown lost her umpteenth race for mayor of Darby. Now maybe the place has a chance at survival. The GOP might have to increase her hours however, or even get her a full-time job, if she is going to continue keeping Darby in turmoil.
Which reminds us, just what is John McNichol going to do about Upper Darby? It's only a matter of time before a Democrat wins something significant there, and then Upper Darby will become another Lansdowne, swinging from Republican to Democrat as the wind blows. We are sure that McNichol will not subject Upper Darby to the Paula Brown/Darby Treatment (buying off a Democrat so she'll keep the Democratic Party in turmoil and ineffective), because that is a drastic remedy and the consequences are dire, and he wouldn't do that to his beloved Upper Darby. So what is he going to do?
We predict that he's going to let it go. The younger generation of the Delco Republican Party is already establishing beach heads in the western part of the County, in places like Concord Township, Middletown Township, and Birmingham Township, a la Curt Weldon, Andy Reilly, and Hughie Donaghue. DelcoTomPaine predicts that in ten years the Delco GOP will have ceded large parts of the eastern, less prosperous part of the County to the Democrats. The GOP will hang on to Radnor, Marple, Haverford, and Springfield, which have money and also will provide an important barrier between the nouveau riche enclaves of Concord and Birmingham and the teeming masses of Yeadon, Darby, Folcroft, Glenolden, and, soon, Upper Darby.
On another election note: Judge Zetusky was up for retention, and to no one's surprise he won easily. The famously bad-tempered and erratic yet intelligent judge has a far greater battle ahead of him, however. It is well known that Judge Zetusky wants to succeed Judge Clouse as President Judge, so it was not wise of him to insult and anger Andy Reilly. Having just endured what other lawyers put up with on a daily basis, Reilly might have second thoughts about allowing Zetusky to become PJ.