Yesterday was Return Day, when candidates to to Georgetown, in the center of the state, to hear the returns announced reconcile after the campaign. The tradition is over 200 years old and dates from the day when the only way promptly to know who won the poll was to travel to the County Seat and hear the announcement on the courthouse steps.
Return Day, originally the day when election results were announced in Sussex County, was full of smiling politicians and their fans. Candidates — the elected and the defeated — said they had a great time and were happy to put the campaign season behind them.
Indeed, the event officially concluded with Sussex County Democrat, Republican, Independent and Libertarian party leaders literally burying a hatchet with sand.
Maybe we should export this to the rest of the country.