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NYT Says Don’t Vote, It’s A Waste Of Time

The New York Times tries its level best to suppress today’s voter turnout:

N.Y. Voters Are More Hopeless Than Angry

September 13, 2010

Uprising. Revolt. Judgment day. These are the words on the lips of aspiring insurgent candidates across New York, Republicans and Democrats alike, who have campaigned for months on hopes that a wave of voter anger will carry them to victory and upend the entrenched political establishment in Albany.

Yet on the eve of the first major statewide election in four years, many voters are striking a markedly different chord. They are not bursting with rage, but spent with exhaustion. Disappointed and hopeless, many are disdainful of Albany’s would-be white knights and skeptical of the rhetoric of change.

“All they’re doing is musical chairs,” Michael Alton, 59, a registered Democrat, said Monday as he walked his dog along Bainbridge Avenue in the Bronx. “There’s no reason to vote. State government isn’t up to the challenge.”

[M]any voters say that for all the energy and money that have gone into those campaigns, and despite the millions spent on campaign advertisements and direct mailings, they are unwilling to invest themselves in the races

For Democrats, such emotions might reflect the fact that their party has controlled state government for the past two years, yet property taxes are still crushing and jobs scarce.

After all, the Democrat Party is famous for cutting taxes and creating jobs.

Republicans are not necessarily more sanguine about their choices.

“I’m not really angry; I’m more disappointed,” Jinah-Rigaud Haig, a teacher’s aide who has been unemployed for the past year, said as she waited for a bus on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. Ms. Haig said she voted Republican in past elections but was thinking of sitting out this one.

Which is the whole point of this New York Times story.

She said she was disenchanted by Republican attacks on the Muslim community center and mosque planned near ground zero, and also mindful that two successive Democratic governors promised and failed to change Albany for the better

Sure she is. Never mind that a Republican who backs the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ is practically a statistical impossibility. The Times was able to find one.

Meanwhile, Ms. Jinah-Rigaud Haig claims to be a Republican, and yet she says she is disappointed that two successive Democrat governors failed to change Albany for the better? Who really believes any of that?

[N]ot everyone is either angry or despairing. Several people said they were more inclined to blame broader forces in politics — the two parties, for example, or legislative leaders — for Albany’s problems.

“I’m not angry at all of them; it’s par for the course,” said Melvin Nelson, 48, a supervisor for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

That is to say, a wildly overpaid public union employee.

Electing incumbents, Mr. Nelson said, “gives the people in there a chance to improve.”

“I think they are trying to get better,” he added. “They’re trying their best.”

So according to the New York Times, voters are either despairing or staying home – or they are going to vote for the incumbents to give them a chance to improve.

Other people, however, said they were left cold by the choices on the table, whether Republican or Democratic.

“If there was a politician I was excited about,” said Pat Collins, 23, a student at Erie Community College, which has campuses in Buffalo and nearby, “I’d be a lot more positive about going out and backing somebody. I’m not going to bother.”

Again, the subtle message from The Times is: stay home.

Others said they were angry about Albany’s fiscal policies, noting that spending seemed to grow each year no matter who was in charge and despite pledges of restraint from Democrats and Republicans.

“I’ve worked hard every day since I’ve been able to,” said Elizabeth McCarthy, 44, a registered Democrat who is a counselor for disabled people in the Bronx.

Who certainly sounds like a deficit hawk who is disappointed by the Republicans inability to curb spending.

“I don’t really believe there’s anybody that’s going to go there and clean up,” Ms. McCarthy added. “It’s not going to change no matter who you put in there.”

Again, the oh so subtle message: don’t vote. It won’t make any difference. What would we do without the New York Times?

And, more importantly, what would the Democrat Party do?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, September 14th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “NYT Says Don’t Vote, It’s A Waste Of Time”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “And Ms. Jinah-Rigaud Haig claims to be a Republican…”

    I find that people who have hyphenated last names are more about “fairness” and “equality” than they are about what’s right or wrong. Ipso-facto: A socialist.

  2. untrainable says:

    NYT – Liberal Media. Soooooo… liberals shouldn’t bother voting. My gahd! I agree with the NYT! I may have to open a vein.

  3. Landshark says:

    Since more liberals read the Times than do conservatives, I think this article is a good thing.

  4. Tater Salad says:

    Mr. President……you have let us down by placing your own ideology above the Constitution of the United States. For this violation, you will not be re-elected and will go down in history as the worst President ever.


    …………..and while you are at it………don’t buy the New york Times!

  5. jimreport says:

    What happened to “vote or die”? The republicans will take the house, which is where the money and power lies. The president might have the podium, but the House speaker controls the check book. And the ONLY reason I’d like to see the republicans take the house would be for the 30 second clip of Madam Botox handing the gavel over. Other than that it wouldn’t bother me in the slightest to see them keep control and have no one to blame. The only way out now is to continue until hitting rock bottom, and the quicker the better.

  6. proreason says:

    Voting? What do we need this stinking voting for, anyway.

  7. Right of the People says:

    ” Electing incumbents, Mr. Nelson said, “gives the people in there a chance to improve.”

    “I think they are trying to get better,” he added. “They’re trying their best.”

    Mr. Nelson is an idiot and should not be allowed to vote.

  8. NoNeoCommies says:

    Considering the fact that most NYT readers are Libs, I think it is spectacular that they are depressing turnout.

  9. hushpuppy says:

    I was just over at Ann Coulter’s page, and ran across her link for political cartoons by Michael Ramirez.


    This is Bambam to a ‘t’:


    And speaking of burning books:


  10. oldpuppydixie says:

    All of that valuable information at ones fingertips, yet the Times is going broke!!! Just hard to believe, ain’t it!!!

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