Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. -Abraham Lincoln
UPDATED today at 2:45 pm. - A Miami Beach City Hall insider who wishes to remain anonymous sends this comment: "This jerk is moving into the Richard Nixon orbit. I can't wait to see him get so angry/vengeful/full-of-himself that he will do something really stupid and ruin his small time political career. I cannot wait."
Newly re-elected Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine apparently has never heard of the old saying, "Be humble in victory and gracious in defeat."
If you live on Miami Beach and want to know how hizzoner will govern the city now that he's won a second term, you'll find some clues in this Miami Herald story by Joey Flechas:
vocal residents who in 2013 voted for Levine this year backed his opponent, David Wieder.
Levine called this group a “a tiny minority that shows up at City Hall every day and screams and yells.”
"They do not represent the majority of Miami Beach residents who voted [Tuesday],” he said.
To his strongest detractors, Levine offered this statement: “You know what my feeling for them is? This is a democracy. The system is the system. And in two years, they’ll have another chance.”
And this is why Levine is despised by so many in the city.
Only a delusional narcissist like Levine would characterize the 6,839 residents who voted for him as a "majority of Miami Beach residents." Someone needs to remind Levine that Miami Beach has a population of more than 90,000.
And in Levine's universe, if you exercise your First Amendment rights BUT don't agree with him, then you are part of a "a minority" that "screams and yells."
Maybe the real reason Levine wants his critics to shut up is that they make it hard to hear the screaming and yelling that takes place on the dais when he's running things.