With public dissatisfaction of local, state and national leadership running at levels of 60 percent (Schwarzenegger), 75 percent (Bush), 90 percent (Congress), and nearly 100 percent (Gonzales), this election brings voters a chance to effect real change in all aspects of government. We could hardly do worse, unless we enable more of the same. We must ensure that we eliminate those agents of our dissatisfaction from contention. This may be the overriding factor in making choices on Election Day.
I know that this is only the primary election, but to give ourselves the opportunity to have viable alternatives to the status quo in November, we must vote for candidates of change, no matter what party’s ballot we mark. The November election is going to be one of the most important for decades past and to come, and will set the agenda for the future. If we get it wrong, we are in for real trouble even beyond the terrible mess we are in now.
Each of us has difficult decisions to make in the next few days. Some of the decisions are more difficult than others. As a Democrat, I am disgusted by the two leading candidates for the gubernatorial spot. Both have proven themselves completely undesirable. I am determined not to vote for either one of them, requiring much time spent researching the alternatives, which has produced some pleasant surprises—I recommend others to do the same.
The current politics of our fair city, having reached the depth of absolute zero, requires, in my opinion, that we eliminate any mayoral candidate that is currently in a leadership position. To elect one of the current members of the council will only perpetuate a variation on more-of-the-same and prolong our agony for four more years. We cannot reward anyone who has participated in the goings-on at City Hall at any level in the past few years with a spot on the ticket. That’s why I hope that, come November, we will have a clear choice between Mulcahy and Pandori on the ballot. At least we know that we will get some new blood at City Hall and have a chance of some kind of reform. Chavez, Reed and Cortese may have their admirable qualities, but, given the circumstances, none of them deserve to be mayor of our city.
And, finally, an appeal to our Republican neighbors in Congressional District 11: do yourselves and your fellow countrymen a good turn and eliminate Richard Pombo from contention to retain his seat in Congress. This man is a major part of the national problem. He has proven himself completely unworthy of his office in the same way as Delay and Cunningham—he represents his own self interests and the special interests of his bankrolling friends, not the people. You have an excellent viable alternative in Pete McCloskey, a man who has the interests of all Americans at heart. In this election, based on eliminating dissatisfaction, the choice is clear.