It is the first week of October, the election is just one month away, and people are getting excited about the big races.Not the U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races. Those are distant thunder
I am talking about the Phillies and the Eagles. In this sports-mad region, the two teams are sucking up a lot of attention and could continue to do so well into the election season.
These two men must do well in the
But what happens if, on Election Day, nobody shows up to vote? Don't take that statement too literally. People will vote. The question is: in what numbers?
As a Democrat, if you win 80 percent of 291,000 votes you leave the city with a margin of 173,000 votes. Win 80 percent of 485,000 votes and your margin is 388,000 votes.
You can see why more is better in
When Ed Rendell was on the top of the ticket, total votes in Philly ranged from 400,000 to 428,000. I don't see that happening this year. It will be lower.
To make matters stickier for the Dems, this officially has been labeled an "anger election," where the voters who are mad as Hell turn out and the rest of us sit at home and watch the Phils.As that noted political commentator William Butler Yeats put it: "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are filled with passionate intensity."
Voters are pissed because President Obama and the Democrats spent billions for an economic stimulus and jobs program to avert a depression and because they passed a health care bill that represents an unprecedented intrusion of government into our lives, unless you count Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
No matter.They must be punished and punished they will be.
Oddly, there isn't a lot of anger evident in the campaigns. Toomey is an ultra-conservative with a good disposition; Corbett is a pleasant country-club Republican.
They have no objection to being lifted by the tide of anger, but aren't playing to it. They are too busy trying to appeal to independent voters to attend Tea Party rallies.
Actually, it may be wrong to emphasize the anger angle too much. Most voters aren't steamed. They are zoned out. In the most recent
Michael Vick? Now, that's a different matter. Talk about passionate intensity.
So, the challenge facing statewides isn't selling people on their candidacies, it is getting them to wake up to the fact there is an election.
It is worse this year, but it isn't new. The conventional wisdom once was that no one paid attention to politics until after Labor Day. Then, it sort of creeped forward. Now, we are headed to mid-October. Is it conceivable this year that voters will begin to focus the day after the election?
Let me add that if the Democrats do lose this election we should not blame the Phillies. We should blame Andy Reid, like we always do.