And I vote

Yesterday afternoon as I was working for my wife (damn, I hate hanging drapes), the doorbell rang and it was the Republican mayor and his running mate from our very, very Republican town at the door. I practically licked my lips. “I’m a Democrat,” I said and they started to pull away even at that. “But I have to say that you people spend like drunken Democrats.” They started to leave. I said, “You don’t want to listen to your constituent?” They stood there, unhappy as I told them that they shamefully waste money on fancy cars for town employees, Taj Mahal treatment of public works, and more. I enjoyed that. The problem is that they have been unopposed for so long that they don’t act like Republicans; they act like a junta with expensive taste. Power corrupts. But the Republican pushback reportedly sweeping America is even coming to my little red town. There’s a Democrat running and even my hyper-Republican attorney and friend — who can’t say the word “Democrat” without a visible lurch — is voting for the guy.

  • Walter

    So, you are a Democrat and you tried to berate them for acting like Democrats? No wonder they walked away.

  • anonymous

    The same thing happens in small towns run for decades by Democrats. It’s not the name of the party, it’s the corrupting force of one party rule.

  • Glyn

    But to outsiders it seems that you don’t have 2 parties in America, just one business-friendly party with liberal and conservative wings. There seems to be a lot of elected politicians (McCain?) who could comfortably fit in either party. So if there aren’t any great ideological differences, it comes down to personalities.

    I keep thinking how a centrist Brit politician like Tony Blair would do in America – (pro-abortion rights, anti-guns, progressive taxation, a strategy to make his country the world leader in stem cell research, increasing aid to Africa above the UN recommended minimum, support for Kyoto, extra help for single parents etc etc.). He wouldn’t stand a chance.

  • The liberal blogosphere is in for a surprise, even if the Dems win one or both houses. Many of the candidates are so far right that in normal times they would be (or were) Republicans.

    So we may see a replay of the earlier history of the Dems when they included the Dixiecrats or didn’t agree with most of the social policies of the more liberal north. This time we see many DINO’s running like Webb, Duckworth and Harold Ford.

  • Perry

    If they had been Dem and you had been Repub they would probably respond to you with curse words and irrelevant personal insults.

  • The problem is that you have to choose between the awesomely corrupt state Democrats and the extraordinarily corrupt county Republicans. And while it’s a poor choice, at least you have a choice. If you lived in Hudson County or Camden County, you wouldn’t have a choice at all. My advice (unsolicited) is to hold your nose and vote GOP, at least to preserve your ability to make better choices in the future.

    Alternatively you could leave the state, as I have.

  • Angelos

    Sorry, Perry, it’s the other way around.

    But you know, continue to make stuff up as you see fit.

  • the attorney

    I would vote twice if I could. These RINOS must be stopped!

  • RonP

    I too left NJ. after over 20 years to pursue opportunities elsewhere. NJ is the perfect democrat kleptocracy – its only rivals being Boston/MA & NewOrleans/LA. in watching the senate race between Kean and Menendez I think it will go something like this. Menendez will be elected by what i would call a “sharpe james” margin – you know vote early and vote often. he will then be indicted probably right after he takes office. only to have the muni bond salesman in trenton appoint yet another un-elected official.