This is the 60% of the ten people I voted for who lost.
U.S. Senate. Marco Rubio won. No surprise there. I voted for Governor Charlie, even though I knew he was going to lose. It’s really hard to win as an Independent, with no Party money behind you.
U.S. House of Representatives. In this case, Nancy Pelosi lost to Republican Steve Southerland, a funeral director from Panama City. As I previously mentioned, Southerland’s victory will no doubt translate into a big boon for his business, considering the fiscal and social policies of the Republican Party. It may come as a surprise to you that Nancy Pelosi was running in Florida. You probably thought she was only running in your state.
Attorney General. I voted for the Democrat, Dan Gelber, who had about ten times more experience and was more qualified than the Republican candidate, Pam Bondi. I think Bondi won because she had REP next to her name and because she vowed to continue the lawsuit begun by her predecessor against the Health Care Reform Act. The lawsuit charges that the federal government does not have the power to impose a mandate to purchase health insurance on the citizens of Florida. Good luck with that argument. There was also a proposed amendment to the State Constitution saying the same thing, in effect, but it was thrown off the ballot by the Florida Supreme Court. Like I said…good luck.
CFO. I voted for the DEM,a long-time State Representative and hometown girl. The REP won. As far as I could tell, neither one of them are particularly qualified. This was the only case in which I could say, when in doubt, vote with the Party.
I’ve saved the best (worst) for last. The other races were perhaps disappointing, but not surprising. These two shocked me.
County Commissioner At Large. We have 5 districts in Tallahassee, each of which is represented by a Commissioner, and two at-large positions. One of the incumbent at-large Commissioners was defeated by a newcomer, who is a wholly-owned subsidiary of a developer from Alabama, and his local developer friends. This winning guy is a former FSU star football player, an insignificant and short-term NFL player, who isn’t even from Tallahassee, and has never registered to vote. He held a position with the Bobby Bowden Foundation for Ethical Leadership. I asked everywhere I knew to ask, what does that mean? What does he DO? No one could answer. I’m still shocked that he won.
Governor. Rick Scott won. This was even more shocking to me than the results of the County Commissioner’s race. I never expected it. Granted, it was only by about 1.3% or 72,000 votes, but 72,00 votes is 72,000 votes. Apparently I really am out of touch with the prevailing mood.
It never ceases to amaze me how people can be convinced to vote against their own best interests with a strategically designed campaign of smears and innuendo and scare tactica—the Karl Rove specialty. See: Swiftboating.
I’ve heard people say that it doesn’t make any difference. No matter who gets elected, life in your little personal world will continue on, virtually unchanged. If that’s true, then why do so many of you get hysterical 🙂 In fact it is not true. It does matter, no matter how boring it may seem to you.
At the moment, I’m feeling discouraged. Not because of the politicians who won, but because of the apparent ignorance of the voting public. People who vote one way or another because of slogans. This isn’t just ignorant, it’s dangerous.
All those Libertarians and Tea Partiers, I say to you: Please try to grasp the part that your freedom comes with responsibility. It includes the responsibility to insure the freedom of your neighbor, even if you disagree with them. Why is it that you have to ask adults that question? Did I mention that I’m discouraged?