It appears politicians and their parties can't resist -- show them a dicey situation and they will go for it just like Jean Shepherd's little-boy character tempted to put his tongue on freezing-cold metal. They know they shouldn't but they just can't refrain from making the exciting, bad choice.
In 2016, the two big parties both ran candidates with huge negatives, leaving most voters having to choose between a vengeful shrew and a vindictive boor and the Democrats were shocked at the outcome; now the Alabama GOP, running against a pro-abortion Democrat, found themselves with a candidate with a history of imposing his own religion on government institutions and allegations of questionable behavior with young women in his past -- and they're surprised the Democrat won.
Offer the people two plates of stuff they don't much like and they'll give you a close horse race for the least bad. Don't try to play the innocent ingenue when the crap sandwich turns voter's stomachs -- and if you were on the side that didn't lose, don't go trumpeting around winning the "not quite as bad as the other one" prize as some kind of historic victory for Goodness And Light. It wasn't, and next time around, it could be you refusing to make a gracious concession speech.
And voters just keep kicking the can down the road, hoping for a better choice of creeps, crooks and loudmouths in the next election. Yeah, well, people in Hell want ice water, too.
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