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The thoughts and theories of a guy who basically should have gone to bed hours ago.

I know, I know - what's the point? But look at it this way - I stayed up late writing it, but you're reading it...

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

How I Voted...


Since Jeff accused me of voting by foregone conclusion, I said I'd mention who I voted for and why. Looking at the results this morning, it seems just about everyone I voted for lost. No one ever listens to me...

Senator: Tom Kean, Jr (Republican)
Both candidates played extremely dirty pool throughout. All I knew about these two guys were that Kean was with Bush on the war (according to Menendez) and Menendez was corrupt (according to Kean). My vote here was, ironically, to keep the Democrats in check over the next two years (see my Pre-Election Thoughts). As expected, Mendendez walked away with it, though...

Congress: Linda Stender (Democrat)
I don't know much about Ms. Stender either, but my wife met Mike Ferguson recently, and he acted like a absolute, total idiot (quick summary, before someone thinks he did something illegal: my wife was meeting me at Yankee Stadium with the kids and had car trouble. With everyone dressed in full Yankee regalia, she made it to our local mechanic, who was figuring out the car, when in comes Mike Ferguson - big smile on his face - and wants to campaign for Congress. Apparently, it took several "now's not a good time" messages before he left her alone to deal with the crisis at hand). Party affiliation aside, I see no reason to send an idiot to Congress. That said, he won, so whatcha gonna do...

Freeholders: Her, him and the other gal (Republicans)
I've never heard of any of these folks, nor can I honestly say I know what a Freeholder does. My guess is not much. As a New Jersey resident who works in New York City, I'm much more interested in local politics in the city than I am in my home town, but they don't let me vote in NYC. So I went Republican on the off chance they vote my way on some tax increase down the line. Meanwhile, the Democrats won. Ah, well.

Township Council: The grey-haired guys who I met at the train station four times leading up to the election (Democrats)
Again, these folks are low impact as far as I'm concerned, but they seemed nice enough, and the one guy actually recognized me after a couple of meetings, so it seems like his heart is in the right place. Good enough for my vote on town council. Apparently, two of them won and one of them lost. So, technically, I'm batting more than .000, although I'm pretty sure the one that lost was the guy who recognized me.

On the upside, I'm 4 for 5 in picking Presidents, so there's that...

Anyway, I hope this little tour will convince Jeff to revoke my knee-jerk, neo-con status... Jeff???

posted by Brian at 10:44 AM


5 Comments:

  • "Looking at the results this morning, it seems just about everyone I voted for lost. No one ever listens to me..."

    Heh. Now you know what it's like to be a Democrat in Utah. ;)

    By Anonymous jason, at 12:03 PM, November 08, 2006  


  • I never called you a neocon. I value our friendship too much for such insults. Knee-jerk, the jury is still out -- but on the flipside, I'm probably more party-line Democrat than you are Republican... I think I'm just more likely to criticize the people I vote for.

    I'm interested by how much of your vote was affected by retail politics, and that you're willing to change your vote because one guy pissed off Sherry in person. I wonder if there's a playbook for "places to avoid when campaigning" -- presumably he avoids the funeral homes. Maybe not.

    Come to think of it -- if he had walked in there and done something helpful, he'd probably have a voter for life.

    By Anonymous Jeff Porten, at 7:39 PM, November 11, 2006  


  • Generally, I don't base my votes on "retail politics" (great term, by the way), but when I have very little else to go on, it plays a bigger role.

    If I had to build a decision tree, it'd probably look like this:

    1) Know nothing about the candidate?
    Yes: Vote Republican
    No: (Question 2)

    2) Know the candidate's position on the issues?
    Yes: (Question 3)
    No: (Question 4)

    3) Generally agree with candidate?
    Yes: Vote for candidate
    No: Vote against candidate

    4) Met the candidate?
    Yes: (Question 5)
    No: (conflicts with "No" on Q1)

    5) Candidate seems like a decent guy/gal?
    Yes: Vote for candidate.
    No: Vote against candidate

    So, personal impressions are only going to matter if they're my only point of reference.

    Conclusion: If you're a Democrat, your best bet is to meet me, be nice to me, and tell me nothing about your position on any issue.

    Just don't tell John Kerry, OK?

    By Blogger Brian, at 2:16 AM, November 12, 2006  


  • If you're a Democrat, your best bet is to meet me, be nice to me, and tell me nothing about your position on any issue.

    Well, I've blown the Greenberg vote then, on at least two out of three points....

    By Anonymous Jeff Porten, at 4:54 PM, November 15, 2006  


  • Well, I've blown the Greenberg vote then, on at least two out of three points....

    I think we know enough about each other to a) vote for each other regardless of position, and b) ruin each other's chances of ever getting elected with one interview to a reporter.

    :-)

    By Blogger Brian, at 5:43 PM, November 15, 2006  


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