Betamaxed= to be overtaken by an inferior but better marketed product. As in "Microsoft betamaxed Apple right out of the market."
Whoever did Aaron Barr's campaign should be offered:
1. Kudos. It was brilliant. Aaron Barr's only been in town since 2002. There was the newspaper account of him circulating rumors and a petition with falsehoods to "protect his property values". So he's a somewhat compromised (302 across the alley!), unknown mumble mouth. He was dead last of the four candidates after the primary. And yet he passed up an articulate, unblemished superior candidate: Borgie Bonthuis. And was, in fact, only 21 votes behind Carl Anderson.
"Strategy and timing are the Himalayas of marketing. Everything else is the Catskills."
2. Condolences. So close. Some say it was that sloppy letter he mailed to every house in town. The quality of that letter was nothing like the quality of pieces turned out ahead of that. Plus he drew unnecessary attention to his main liability: 302 Fremont boondoggle. By referring to some short letter buried deep in the paper that few even read. "Guilt has very quick ears to an accusation?" Protest too much? Even so, condolences need to be offered to the political genius behind Mr. Barr. So sad. Better luck next time.
Someone should step forward, take a bow and receive an award for that effort. If they did it for Dori Schumacher four years ago, methinks they could have even spun BoHo into Super Candidate! In fact, it's quite possible Anoka would have seen the BoHo (or even Huspek) name on the very same campaign material, if either one of them had made the cut into the final four instead of Barr.
"The idea that you can merchandise candidates for public office like breakfast cereal- that you can gather votes like box tops - is, I think, the ultimate indignity to the democratic process." Adlai Stevenson
And what has become of Mr. Barr since then? He promised to stay involved. He was absent his first HRA meeting after the election. And then he had nothing to say the whole following meeting except when Steve Schmidt attempted to solicit a direct comment from him.
That's a major problem in machine-type politics: The bobbleheads are only so useful. (If you get someone who can think for themselves. . . well, they might think for themselves.) The bobbleheads need a lot of coaching, supervision and can't always be counted on to get their stories straight. Like when Dori Schumacher stated that Barr and Garrick should be considered for the HRA again because "they have served for years." Barr was on for one. Garrick for three. They didn't have a complete five year term between them.