Brandon -- yes, the empty seat ploy can definitely be deemed a failure.
I voted for Steven Miles today because the other guy works for Angelos. That's how much I loathe Angelos.
I was there the night of 2131, when Angeloser (aka Meat Stacker) began his interminable speech. When the fans began to boo (deservedly), he looked startled and confused -- he didn't get it. That, unfortunately, is the story of his ownership tenure.
(Now off to google Molotov Cocktail.) ;)