My absentee ballot arrived yesterday — one absentee ballot; I requested two — and brought me back to hometown politics. Which isn’t a pretty picture, these days. A few days back I mentioned the ridiculous caviling of the local GOP over a Democratic website that featured jokes they objected to. But it’s a quibble compared to some of the other “issues” that have emerged in this contest.
Local contests in Allen County have a long and riotous history of the pettiest sort of mudslinging, much of it generated by the party organizations, rather than the candidates themselves, to give them the old plausible-deniability thing. And when I say “party organizations” I mainly mean the Republicans, if only because the Democrats can rarely get their act together for any serious smearing, or even much of a campaign, for that matter. (There was a small dust-up a few years ago, when a liberal columnist suggested Democrats register as Republicans in the May primary, to head off at the pass a right-wing mayoral candidate. From the howling that ensued — the candidate lost, although the “crossover” factor didn’t seem to play a part — you’d think they had suggested a sister-city relationship with Josef Stalin’s Moscow.)
Anyway, now the Republican mayoral candidate is claiming her opponent, the incumbent, is soft on drugs. Why? Because two years ago, after a candidate for the police academy was turned down for telling the truth (she admitted to trying cocaine in high school), she sued the city. The city reconsidered the policy, reversed it, admitted the candidate and now? This dangerous woman works as the police department spokesman. This, the challenger’s campaign literature tells us, is “just too liberal for Fort Wayne!”
Meanwhile, every day brings news of another layoff, plant closing or other economic calamity. But this is a campaign issue. I give up.
Alex has more on the subject, and since he’s not clogged with congestion and fogged by decongestants, is far more cogent. (Scroll down past the penis cucumber; if you reach the pumpkin butt, you’ve gone too far….Just another day in Blogland.)