Angst at the Polls

It appears the voters (the small percent who voted, anyway) are angry.

No simply majority for schools.

No roads and transit.

Throw the bums on the the school board out.

Ditto for the Port.

No sympathy for Venus' mistake.

No tolerance for Della's antics.

Though conventional wisdom held that Venus Velazquez sank her likely victory over Bruce Harrell by getting a DUI just as the ballots were being mailed last month, the 60-40 margin was striking, Venus' mistake was clearly not helped by the fact that she could never quite hit the right note on remorse, or even acceptance.

Bruce Harrell's win may have been commanding, but his party finished early. We showed up at the Four Seas around 11 p.m. expecting the place to be rockin only to find Harrell and a handful of supporters picking up the signs and packing it in. Asked Harrell what his trouncing of Venus meant and he said something about people wanting solutions for education and transportation. What? Didn't voters just put the kibosh on initiatives that would've helped on both of these fronts? Harrell admitted that he hadn't been paying close attention to all of the returns.

If Harrell was the early bird, Jean Godden was the night owl. Even though her victory was all but certain, her fete carried on past 11 p.m. Godden held court in a booth at the Two Bells chatting about the history of the storied tavern, wondering if there's any silver lining to the sad demise of the roads and transit package. An opening to extend the S.L.U.T. perhaps? Ride it to the University District! To Fremont! I can see the initiative language now.

Over at the Westin, I'm not sure what was more depressing, the speeches from the pro-roads and transit people or the $7.50 bottles of Budweiser. "What now?" You're going to get up in the morning and be stuck in traffic!" scolded one supporter. "If this city is going to be a world-class city, going to play on the world stage, we have to step it up." ...Nah, let's forget about public transportation and those funny trains. If Seattle residents get a hankering for what it's like to live in a big city, they can always go to Portland.

The winners last night? Tim Eyman. Private prisoner labor contractors. And anyone who's been dying to add a preamble to Seattle's city charter.

The biggest disappointment?

Election after party at the Spitfire was a ghost town before the clock struck midnight. C'mon Seattle. Seriously?

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