Sunday, April 11, 2010

Obligatory trustee election post

Petition candidate Joe Asch lost; establishment candidate John Repogle won. By a hearty margin, too -- 14, 176 votes to 5,823.

So, whither Dartmouth? Hard to say. Perhaps at some point, it was inevitable that the logic of collective action would stop working to petition candidates' benefit. That is, eventually the Gironde masses had to realize that the petition candidates represented a real disruption of their comfortable establishment liberal consensus. I always knew that there are far more of them than there are of us.

It's possible that specifically, the litigation was the turning point. Girondins don't like conflict, but even they can be raised out of their stupor every once in a while. Yet note that only something like 22% of the alumni body politic voted in this election. It's possible that there are even larger Girondin majorities out there.

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