Yesterday was sad news here for Democrats in New York’s 21′st District: Congressman Bill Owens has decided not to run.
U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, a Plattsburgh Democrat who was first elected in 2009, abruptly said he will not seek re-election in November to the 21st Congressional District, sending North Country Democrats scrambling to find a successor less two months before ballot petitioning begins.
It’s a little frustrating that he waited this long to make the decision, but the “scrambling” is something that demonstrates why local and other elections are important.
Spandan C over at The People’s View has an great post up about “liberals” disappointment in President Obama. It’s a brutal takedown of Liz Halloran’s NPR posting about how Obama spent the year “disappointing the liberal base.” It’s a laundry list of what he hasn’t done, which supposedly he should have accomplished despite having to deal with all the other “minor issues” like government shutdowns, international crises, among other issues. It’s not the only one like that, a quick look at around various professional liberals show a remarkable similarity along the same lines What it gives me is a sense of deja vu, mostly because I’ve seen exactly the same complaints before.
What always manages to astonish me about various “politically aware” people is their failure to recognize that there’s an election every year in many parts of this country. They seem to believe that only the presidential election years matter, or if they’re stretching a bit, the even year House races. Yet it’s the “off year” elections that have more impact on people’s daily lives which are ignored. This year, many states are having their local elections. We’re going to be selecting mayors, and town and county officials, along with (in some states) judges. Various propositions will be on ballots, which will impact your local and state taxes as well as its direction. All the things which you tend to take for granted: Street lights on; road plowed; water and sewer systems work; police and fire departments are there; and what the schools are like will all be determined by who gets elected.
A couple of news stories on the political front attracted my attention a while back. The first was that Ashley Judd decided not to challenge Mitch McConnell in 2014, leaving the presumptive challenger as Allison Lundergran Grimes. This has predictably set off wails from various of the Left. The second story was from South Carolina, where Elizabeth Colbert Busch is running against Mark Sanford. This is causing some excitement because she’s Steven Colbert’s older sister, and Mark Sanford went from being known as a conservative favorite as Governor to being known for “hiking the Appalachian Trail” in Argentina. There’s some “practical lessons” in both of these candidacies, that various “lefter than left” people won’t learn.