The Bad Guy Won

Called my dad this morning from the car.

“Dad!”

“Jeff!”

“Dad, did Greg Ball win?”

Long sigh.

Greg Ball won. I’m not surprised—he’s a Republican in a heavily Republican neck of the woods. But I’m disappointed, because, on a local level, Greg Ball is a Sarah Palin/Rick Perry-level douchebag. He ran for New York State Senate on the issue of illegal immigration, which is a problem in Putnam County on the level of the current dengue fever outbreak. Ball is one of those guys who has no problem plastering a few Hispanic faces on a poster, or in a commercial, and tagging them ILLEGAL!! (Then later finding out their names are Murray and Leo Schwartz. Oops). He literally wants to have senior citizens stop having to pay school taxes (which, while appealing, is ludicrous). Mostly, he wants government out, out, out of lives. That Boys & Girls Club that depends of federal and/or state funding? Fuck ’em.

But this is 2010, and people are angry. I get it. Not sure who, exactly, they’re angry at, and why the Church of George W. Bush is suddenly back and swinging. But it is what it is.

On the bright side, it’s 11:23 am, I’m sitting across from my beautiful wife at Panera and the bagel was delicious (toasted). Politics is cyclical—good times come and go, promises are made and broken. Today’s wins are tomorrow’s losses are the next day’s wins. On and on it goes …

4 thoughts on “The Bad Guy Won”

  1. What happened to guy running in DC whose commercial you liked so much? Sorry I remember most of the commercial but not the candidates name.

  2. Mr. Perry, I don’t know who you are but I attended the debate in Carmel – people are frightened – I don’t know about you but many of the people in the counties that pulled for the republicans have lost their jobs. My children attended ivy league and top schools one is a pediatric dentist the other got into 4 med schools -I’m no dummy, and I am a republican. I very much like Sarah Palin – she’s articulate and patriotic – the problem with this country is a sickness of heart which in my opinion was brought on by a government which provides no hope, no love of country. The money is there but people are afraid. This is not an uplifing administration – I feel sorry for you – and I thank God for every one of those hard working people who voted for Ball. And…if Mr. Ball doesn’t do what he says – he’ll be out next time too! Have a wonderful day.

  3. Y’know, if you want to prove that you’re no dummy, it might behoove you to not screw up the name of the guy you’re addressing, especially when it’s plastered in big letters on the top of the friggin’ blog.

    I could go on, but, really, what is the point?

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