Our Naïvete and Hope
We’ve always believed that New York was the major leagues of politics, and that other states were more than a little hokey.
For example, when Sarah Palin was introduced by the McCain campaign a couple of years ago, our first impression was that she was at the level of a candidate for an upstate Assembly seat.
This isn’t meant as an insult to Palin, but as a statement our belief that people in New York have to be pretty sharp just to qualify as a candidates and really tough to survive in elected office.
Alas, Tuesday night’s gubernatorial debate burst the bubble that New York politics are super sophisticated.
And if you want to thoroughly disabuse the notion that we’re on a higher plane, go to: www.politifact.com
This excellent website has done an analysis of what it calls “cookie cutter ads.” These are ads running across the nation employing the cheapest and most distortive ploys.
Thought New York was above the baser appeals? Think again.
In races all across the state, pols of both parties are using the same themes that drive voters in the proverbial hamlet of Jerkwater, U.S.A.
Perhaps we were being naïve, but we thought New Yorkers were smarter.
And this brings us to Andrew Cuomo. We know he is well aware of the sad deterioration of politics in New York. You could see recognition of that fact in the bemused look on his face during the debate.
We know that it is probably unfair to ask him to single-handedly change this, but that’s what we will all being doing in two weeks.