"History." That was the headline in today's local copy of Pravda, ooops we mean the AlBERRYque Journal.
While Berry claimed the majority of the votes cast in yesterday's mayoral election, what is historical is the continued low voter turnout. Berry claimed that the results confirmed that the city is united. Well if you look at the facts below (and we know Berry and his people don't like to do that) there is nothing that supports that statement.
What Berry did was an excellent example of direct response marketing. They knew who their voters were and had the means to provide them not only with the ability to vote but the opportunity. While their message was as vacant as their candidate they were able to get the votes in.
That election by design apparatus did not exist for the other two candidates who worked the campaign the old fashioned way: one handshake at a time and speech after speech.
With over 80% of the eligible voters in Albuquerque not voting, the city is not united, it's apathetic. The citizens spoke loudly yesterday, and they said they don't care enough to vote. What is clear is that when there is apathy, mediocrity rules the day.
And yesterday there was a lot of mediocrity.