In his Nov. 6 New York Times op-ed, “Triumph of the Wrong,” Paul Krugman makes the observation, “Politics determines who has the power, not who has the truth.” While he is referring to the national scene, the same concept applies to the re-election of Gov. Paul LePage.

For we who are aware of the reality behind the facade of LePage’s “great achievements,” our worst fears have been realized. LePage will continue to “govern” our state in his inimitable style for the next four years, more regretful for his “striking inability … to admit error under any circumstances,” as Krugman puts it.

What is most disheartening to those of us who did not vote for him is LePage’s assumption that he now has the mandate of the people to pursue his agenda. Nothing can be further from the truth. Despite his glowing campaign promises, he has never governed for all the people.

Much has been said and written about who bears responsibility for LePage’s victory. In my opinion, Krugman explains it best, and I paraphrase his comments: “Most voters don’t know much about policy details, nor do they understand the legislative process. So all they saw was the man in the Blaine House promising prosperity – and they punished his Democratic opponent.”

Sam Kamin


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.