I wrote about people who vote for the wrong candidate, because they always vote that way yesterday. My question for today, is a vote for Simon even more silly then voting for Alan Keyes?
Now I agree that Sheila has many qualities, she is a Dem., she is Paul Simon's daughter, she served on city council and has a job at SIU. She has also run a campaign that is about as untruthful as they come. She seems to have framed her campaign, as a vote against what Brad Cole stands for, instead of what she has done, stands for or will do. It is hard for me to buy this technique and smart people are beginning to speak out against it.
Sheila's supporters talk about "wanting to make the community better." I guess what this means is having more citizen committees to guide the city? What do they mean by this anyway?
When I talk to Sheila supporters, they can't really tell me why they are voting for her. The talk like born again Christians debating Creationism. It isn't hard to calmly win a debate on any Simonized talking point, they aren't very good. The Earth was created 5000 years ago by God, but glue was invented 6000 years ago. Brad isn't careful with the budget, but Sheila clearly doesn't understand the budget and the city manager says it is good. Brad paid too much for the American Tap building, but it was the right thing to do. Brad messed up with the Summer cleanup program, but every city council candidate supports it in a revised form. I like to ask back, "what has Sheila accomplished in the last 4 years?" "What has Brad accomplished in the last 4 years?" Everyone knows, Sheila list is largely a blank and Brad's is large.
Like the gardener who works my neighborhood and had a Keyes' sign on his truck, the Simon supporters seem to be people who don't really care about the issues or merit. They just want to vote for Paul Simon's daughter or someone who works at SIU or a bicyclist. Maybe they want to vote for the person most like they are and forget about merit?
So which is worse, voting for Keyes or Simon? I don't see any difference.
Your comments are welcome.