It was a night of both close races and wide-margins, but when the dust settled Tuesday, we were pleased with the results of voting both in Northern Berkshire and throughout the country.
The major candidates we endorsed -- President Barack Obama and Senate-race winner Elizabeth Warren -- were victorious. Voter turnout for Berkshire County was 73 percent, an impressive number that was but one percentage point behind the county’s 74 percent turnout in 2008. While Adams saw 66 percent voter participation and North Adams was at the low end for the county at 64, the rest of Northern Berkshire was above the 70 percent mark. Our hats are off to all who did their civic duty in the voting booth Tuesday.
On an edifying note following the enmity of election season, both the president and Mitt Romney were gracious in victory and defeat Tuesday night. Both highlighted the need now to stop the party line bickering and work together on the very real problems this country faces.
While Romney said in his concession speech that he will "pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation," we encourage him to also actively work with his Republican compatriots in the coming days so that the president may in fact be successful in leading the country. Romney will have some political notoriety in months to come, and we would urge him to use that glimmer to dissuade the GOP ranks from continuing to work against the president, the precedent of which was a major stumbling block in Obama’s first term.
To the voters, everyone can take a deep breath. The bickering of the campaign season is done, and now the real toiling begins.
We encourage the political winners both near and far to work with one another without hesitation because our local, state and national problems will not be solved by the childish partisan squabbling that has lately dominated the national scene. Your country is waiting.