Monday, October 26, 2009

Under the Big Top at the Flying Circus

Mercifully we have reached the final week of October. Even better is that this year November begins on a Sunday. Why is that nice? It is nice because it ensures that we will speed without hesitation to the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November, which is Election Day. I wonder when we are not electing a President whether Election Day should be uppercase or lowercase. Is it as important when we are not choosing a new man at the top?

The answer to that question is found, of course, in the immortal words of that great Irishman Tip O'Neill. It was O'Neill who taught us all that all politics are, indeed, local. Thus, even when 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is not an address whose resident is on the ballot, it is Election Day. Lucky us, eh?

Here in New Jersey we have suffered through an interminably tedious gubernatorial campaign. Our incumbent - who has done scant little with his first four-year term in office, an office that he spent astronomical amounts of his own money to win and now, in spite of his apparent lack of interest in doing anything resembling governing since, desperately wants to win again. His lack of accomplishment would seem to have assured certain defeat, right? Well, if only his Republican challenger had given anyone - including his fellow registered Republicans like yours truly - anything to be remotely excited about then perhaps that would be so. Since he has failed to do so, we have ourselves what amounts to a flat-footed tie one week from the finish. I would refer to it as a horse race but it something closer in spirit and in practical application to the 100 yard dash for people with no sense of direction.

And how I wish we were heading towards something completely different. We are not. Destination? Same as it ever was.

-AK

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