Monday, October 26, 2009

Not so much a serious post, so much as an honest question

I've been following the GOP's suicide attempt (it's a cry for help!) in the NY-23 Special Election, and I find it interesting. My only question is this: if you were a moderate who lived in the district, and you were deciding who to vote for, would you consider most a) the candidates' stances on the issues, b) whether electing somebody who would vote in the majority would be better for seeing your needs met, or c) whether some obscure backbench congressman not from New York endorsed said candidate? Well, if it's (c), there's this item to consider.

Okay, I can understand Sarah Palin's endorsement helping out Hoffman, because she's idolized by the base and has real influence among some people. Admittedly, one wonders how many of those people live in New York that might potentially vote for a moderate Republican or a Democrat anyway, but honestly, is anyone who's tentative or undecided going to vote for Hoffman because Representative John Linder of Georgia thinks they should? This displays ego, if nothing else. Well, possibly also some attempt to curry favor with the conservative base without taking any risk. Might someone be running for governor of Georgia?

The Man, The Myth, The Bio

East Bay, California, United States
Problem: I have lots of opinions on politics and culture that I need to vent. If I do not do this I will wind up muttering to myself, and that's only like one or two steps away from being a hobo. Solution: I write two blogs. A political blog that has some evident sympathies (pro-Obama, mostly liberal though I dissent on some issues, like guns and trade) and a culture blog that does, well, cultural essays in a more long-form manner. My particular thing is taking overrated things (movies, mostly, but other things too) down a peg and putting underrated things up a peg. I'm sort of the court of last resort, and I tend to focus on more obscure cultural phenomena.