The Globe declares Menino A leader in touch, in gear. The Herald looks ahead to 2013 and wonders if Menino will really stick around that long.
John Carroll predicts Menino will regret running for that fifth term. David Bernstein hopes Menino uses some of his political capital to deal with "some very difficult things that need doing." Scot Lehigh starts with the nagging. Peter Gelzinis talks to some voters, provides a sort of O. Henry ending.
Jay Fitzgerald says one good thing about the results is that the firefighters union is pissed.
Flaherty supporters apparently didn't realize Flaherty had lost until Menino showed up on TV before Flaherty made a concession speech.
Chuck Turner exults in saying to hell with the media.
Mike Ball regrets Andrew Kenneally didn't make the cut, hopes he runs again:
... Too much of the council does constituent services well but are vague and not driven in the big issues. Thus after each year, too little big change occurs or is even proposed. They just don't know where to go, how to get there or whom to buddy up with on the trip. We need some Andrew Kenneally types to lead the sluggish.