With a whopping 11,000 votes cast, Measure H was massacred, going down 64% to 36%, or nearly 2-1. I was actually in favor of the project, slightly, and would have voted for it, had Carson not . . . well, no need to rehash here, you all know -- some of you fellow citizens know intimately/legally/financially. With this scaled-back version going down like a rock, it is safe to ask . . . did the decision to bring on Carson and then sue Davis residents kill this project?
I believe the project would not have passed anyway, based on a guess I pulled out of my ass while typing this. But a reasonable question is, could 1500-2000 of those 11,000 Davis residents been so offended by what the developer and Carson did that they changed their vote or made a point of voting when they may not have otherwise? I believe, also sourced from my colon, that the answer is yes, they could have. What I do know is I talked to a lot of people who were very angry at Carson and thought he had made himself into a fool clown. Nothing motivates one to vote like anger at a fool clown.
The main conclusion of the video 'How Do You Die in a Sinking Submarine?' is that you die instantly when the hull implodes. Carson, on the other hand, is going down slowly through June, July, August, September and October. Painfully listening as the political hull creaks and groans under the pressure of his own stupidity reflected back on him from Davis residents, until: BOOM! Or, rather, since submarines implode rather than explode: MOOB!
Why am I being such a dick to Carson? I want to send a clear message so that never again will anyone be so brazen as to:
- Hire a sitting City Councilmember to be your campaign chair, honorable or not (in this case not).
- Volunteer to be that Councilmember who becomes the campaign chair.
- Hire a proxy to sue Davis citizens over ballot language.
- Volunteer to be that proxy.
- Sue anyone over ballot language on a local issue in Davis ever again.
Personally, I found much of the NO on H ballot argument outrageous; I also found much of the YES ballot argument outrageous. I doubt anyone on the NO side ever thought, 'hey I know, let's sue the YES side over their ballot language'! No, they used media and lawn signs, like normal, decent people do. This skull-f*ckery of suing Davis citizens over ballot language will stop. Y'all should have been intelligent enough to see what a bad idea that was. You weren't.
We all tend to have very short memories when politicians do stupid things. I intend to keep the pressure on, keep the memory of the stupidity going, and hope the people of West Davis are more intelligent than Carson and the developer. The sub is sinking; let's all keep the pressure increasing on the hull over the next five months until we see the bubbles on the surface.