The Republicans were held accountable. It was a victory for democracy and our two-party system. (The numbers will be placed on northhaveninfo.org when I get them.)
Now, the burden of bringing good government to North Haven is on the Democrats' shoulders.
I will give them a short honeymoon to put all meeting agendas and minutes and financial information on-line, to move Board of Selectmen meetings to the evening, to bring us board and commission meetings where the chair chairs instead of dominates, to require town officials to fully and directly answer questions posed to them, to hire a town attorney who is a lawyer devoted to the public interest and not a politician devoted to those in power, etc.
As for the Republicans, they have to learn quickly to be a responsible opposition party. It won't come easy. The first thing they have to do is admit to themselves that their loss is their fault and no one else's. They've blamed and accused and attacked, and that's got to stop.
The Democrats did not create a closed town government, did not fail to bid out contracts, did not play fast and loose with budget transfer laws, did not fail to provide financial oversight, did not hide revenues, did not act arrogantly toward citizens, and all the rest.
Just as the Democrats now have the obligations that come with power, the Republicans had them before and, in many serious ways, they failed to meet their obligations. Admit your failure, at least to yourselves, and become a responsible opposition party, supporting the Democrats' efforts to heal this town and make it work openly and ethically, as well as financially.
Openness is a very risky thing. The Republicans didn't keep government closed for the hell of it. They did it because openness allows people to criticize more easily. It shows people what's going on.
It is very likely that the Republicans will take advantage of Democrats' attempts to open government, and that this will lead the Democrats to close things down. A responsible opposition party, one that has come to terms with its failures, wouldn't do this. We'll see.