Elections, Candidates and Wusses

I’ll admit that I’m not paying all that much attention to the upcoming elections. I mailed in my absentee ballot yesterday. And it was pretty much of a yawner. I figure that no matter who you vote for nothing really changes all that much. Sorry Barack.

And I voted for Barack and the Dems two years ago. Not this time around. Why? Because as a group they are wusses. They are as bad as the John McCain Republicans. As best I can tell the Dems essentially have no message during this campaign. They aren’t necessary in favor of the economic stimulus package. But they ain’t against it either. Health care reform may be good. Maybe not. I hate to think what would happen if they had to take a stand on baseball’s designated hitter rule. I digress.

Anyway, the Dems have become like Republicans: wusses.

And this isn’t just the rant of a pajama-clad citizen journalist. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendall — a Democrat — said the same thing last night on one of the TV talking head show. Here’s from a Washington Post blog:

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) called members of his party “a bunch of wusses” during an appearance Wednesday on CNN’s “Parker Spitzer.”

“We’re running from the things that we’ve done, running from the things we believe instead of saying, ‘Here’s what we stand for,’ ” Rendell said in discussing the midterm elections.

In large part that to me explains the attraction of Tea Party candidates. They say what they stand for — and they don’t appear to be clogging the center like the majority of other candidates.

And it appears to me that a lot of people are now willing to lose an election — based on what they stand for and believe in — than just turn the seat over to one of the wusses, Democrat or Republican.

We’ll see.


2 responses to “Elections, Candidates and Wusses

  1. It’ll be really fascinating what happens in a few weeks. Nate Silver, who is the math/pollster wiz and who runs the FiveThirtyEight blog at the NYT predicts that the Dems will keep the Senate, and of course everyone is speculating that it’s because of the super duper EXTREME republican tea party candidates like Buck and Angle who are scaring off regular fiscal conservative republicans. But the Dems do seem to have a problem too, as you say. They just aren’t running on anything that they have done that is actually good. Sometimes offense is the best offense 🙂 Though it’s pretty late to change people’s minds at this point, I think.

    • Voters appear to be frustrated with members of Congress in general. And that generally is the pattern of the mid-term elections where the majority party has difficulty holding seats. So we’ll see. And the Senate race in Nevada is one to watch.

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