Opinion from the blogosphere: The Real Face-offs in the 10/18/10 NY Guv Debate

Below is an opinion piece by Ian Wilder, my co-blogger at onthewilderside.com -KW

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OK, the corporate media keep playing up the face-off between Republican governor candidate Carl Paladino and Democratic governor candidate Andrew Cuomo like it is some kind of WWE event. I realize that they are their boys, but someone’s gotta point out that not only isn’t this Connecticut, but you couldn’t slip a Koch family contribution between their economic austerity plans.

Real face-offs.

  1. Rent Strike: In one corner, we have the largest landlord in Western New York, Republican candidate Carl Paladino, and in the other corner we have the founder of the Rent is Too Damn High Party, Jimmy McMillan. Can you see McMillan asking Paladino how much he rakes in from rents to individuals and to NY State? It’s funny how those who yell the loudest about the state spending too much usually have pockets full of the state’s cash.
  2. Cheaters: Then we have Kristin Davis of the Anti-Prohibition Party, who’s claim to fame is being Eliot Spitzer‘s Madam. She has a point in that the Madam goes to jail and the “John” — Eliot Spitzer — goes scot-free. She should be questioning Carl Paladino on that concept since he thought that no one would notice that he has a 10-year-old child by his mistress and constant traveling companion. Was he so confident because he thought that, as the man, it’s ok to cheat? He must, since he has the gall to speak out on the sanctity of marriage. I hope Kristin Davis gives Paladino this year’s Sarah Palin Worst Parent Award for running for office when it would expose your child to ridicule in the press.
  3. Mad as a Hatter: Everyone seems to be wanting to get into the Tea Party this year. I guess no one is worried about the Red Queen. Carl Paladino is claiming that he is the Howard Beale of Tea-Party fueled campaigns. This has Libertarian Governor candidate Warren Redlich seeing red, since the Libertarians claim to have given birth (not birther) to the Tea Party movement. Democratic governor candidate Andrew Cuomo wants in on this too, since he claims he has the same austerity plan as the Tea party, just without Paladino’s drama. Even Governor candidate Howie Hawkins‘ own Green Party has appealed to the Tea Party to take on the corporate corruption of our government, rather than just be Astroturf for three billionaires: Australian Media Baron Rupert Murdoch, silver-spoon Oil trust fund babies Charles and David Koch.
  4. Cult of Personality: Freedom Party Governor candidate Charles Barron‘s low profile run is a pointed message to Cuomo that you can’t run on an all-white statewide Democratic Party slate in a state as diverse as New York without someone commenting. As former member of the Black Panther Party, Barron has the credibility to challenge Cuomo on White Privilege.
  5. Take the Green Pill: Hawkins is likely to broaden Barron’s attack on the Matrix-like-reality presented by the Democratic slate. As stated on Rochester’s Channel 13 WHAM report, Poll: 58% of Voters Say a 3rd Political Party is Needed:

What you get from this Green Party candidate for governor is an earnest discussion of tax and ethics reform. “People say ‘you sound like the democrats used to sound.’ New deal democrats don’t exist any more,” Hawkins explains. ‘The new democrats are like the old republicans.”

8 thoughts on “Opinion from the blogosphere: The Real Face-offs in the 10/18/10 NY Guv Debate

  1. '..... just look at the activists ' [Lake]

    Associated Press: Sunday 17 October 2010

    O’Donnell stunned the Republican establishment in September when she defeated Mike Castle, a former two-term governor and longtime member of the U.S. House of Representatives, to win the Republican U.S. Senate nomination from Delaware.

    O’Donnell prevailed with the help of the conservative Tea Party movement and Sarah Palin*, the former Alaska governor who was John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 White House race.

    Meghan McCain, who became known for her online chronicle of daily life on her father’s failed presidential campaign, ripped into O’Donnell’s candidacy.

    “It scares me for a lot of reasons, and I just know in my group of friends, it just turns people off, because she’s seen as a nut job,” McCain said.

    O’Donnell has been the beneficiary of an anti-Washington environment fanned by the Tea Party and voter anger about weak U.S. economy.

    John McCain swung to the right on a number of issues this year to beat back a conservative challenger in his re-election bid in Arizona.

    * “Ronald Reagan, that great Californian, and graduate of Eureka College in Humbolt County on the West Coast! Duh, Eureka College in Illinois, feather brain!’

    John Mc Insane: Lousy cadet. Lousy husband. Lousy. Lousy. Lousy.

    Emotions of a pre teen. Kicked off to the worst Navy disaster in federal history. One and only person transferred from carnage to another battle group and away from investigators.

    Nick name in Hanoi: song bird!

  2. paulie

    Great article, Wilders!

    Found one mistake (or possible intentional irony) so far: the link to Kristin Davis is to the unrelated actress of “Sex and the City” fame, not the ex-madam turned political candidate. They are two different people.

  3. paulie

    : Everyone seems to be wanting to get into the Tea Party this year. I guess no one is worried about the Red Queen.

    To my knowledge, Mrs. Clinton is happily employed as Secretary of State, and has announced no plans to return to New York politics. So what’s to worry?

  4. '..... just look at the activists ' [Lake]

    paulie // Oct 17, 2010:

    [Lake: Huh? What is the logic here? There are PLENTY of KNOWLEDGEABLE folks whom view TEA baggers with GREAT suspicion! Lordie, I’se hadt da hype!] :

    Everyone seems to be wanting to get into the Tea Party this year. I guess no one is worried about the Red Queen.

    [paulie: To my knowledge, Mrs. Clinton is happily employed as Secretary of State]

    [Lake: Not a Hill and Bill fan, but oh, what could have been. Hillary in the Senate and waltzing her way to 2012 partisan and national (electoral) victory, all the while mumbling ‘told ya so, I told ya so!]

  5. Kimberly Wilder

    To Paulie –

    I fixed the Kristin Davis link. It was just a mistake.

    Loved the Red Queen comment.

    I suppose we could do a group brainstorm on just who the Red Queen is this political season…

  6. Robert Milnes

    Very clever article.
    But, so what? The voters will pick either the dem or rep. Once again you have failed to alter the powerful dynamics of wasted vote/lesser of 2 evils.
    The dem & rep are corrupt, hypocritical, filthy rich & filthy. So what? One of them is still going to win.

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