Monday, September 30, 2002
The Torch is officially OUT.
Don't you get the feeling that there's a real house-cleaning going on? The loonies and the scum are being tossed overboard. Cynthia McKinney, Robert Torricelli - if you need an example on the other side of the aisle, Bob Smith - the voters don't seem interested in these kinds of antics anymore. It's a pattern that started, I would argue, with the New York City mayoral election just after September 11. The voters seem ready to punish criminal or obscene behavior, rather than treat it as an eccentricity. They want serious leaders who will do what needs to be done. They're not punishing people with ideas or ideological convictions. But they are punishing people who just don't seem to be taking this whole business sufficiently seriously.
Maybe this is wishful thinking, but I think the main race this trend bodes well for is Minnesota's Senate race. I'd bet money on a Sanford governorship in South Carolina as well. We'll see soon enough, anyhow.