I voted today. Or I should say I went to the election booth only to discover a paucity of choices in Long Island City. Over a third of the job-seekers had zero opposition, and another 50% were against virtually nameless opponents doomed to be crushed. Chuck Schumer vs. Joe Pinion and Nydia Velazquez vs. Juan Pagan might as well be Mike Tyson vs. Alfonso Ratliff.
Even where there was an actual choice the candidates were disappointing, Kathy Hochul or Lee Zeldin? I want Abraham Lincoln, I’ll happily take FDR or Eisenhower, gosh darn even McCain or Obama are plausible. Maybe I’m asking for too much in the 21st century, but I’m guessing that at a minimum our local congresswoman is ripe for the picking in 2024.
In the meantime if you haven’t voted yet, in addition to candidates there are four proposals on the ballot. The first concerns a multi-billion dollar bond issuance laced with greenery-type language. I am in no position to evaluate this complex issue as a citizen, so I voted no. The other three had a feel-good-do-nothing-but-add-regulation to the books vibe, and I don’t want to feel good just by a checking a box. So I voted no. I sincerely hope my southern compatriots do likewise on their ballot measures, as they contain more bite than fluff.