Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

It's Actually Sad That You Didn't Vote

MM HMMHere is a screed by John Carney, blogger, against voting today in New York City. You can pick it apart on ideology or ethics any way you like, and there are many ways (for instance, politicians aren't all "doppelgangers"! While most are total scuzzballs, some of them will make different choices than some others, it turns out!) but mostly it just left me sad. It's like reading the ten different rationales that a drunk talks himself into another drink. It's like reading about disaffected post-adolescents sexting each other in New York magazine! If you aren't sure about voting today, lemme give you one good reason: voting against Mike Bloomberg just felt great. (Perhaps for you, voting for him will feel great!) Does my vote matter? Not really! Are the reasons that I voted against him intelligible from my vote? Of course not-my ballot would have to be accompanied by a three-page rider that no one would ever read. Do I know why I voted? I sure do. Anyway, you can obviously see Carney's argument doesn't hold up when you export it to other states and cities-like, say, Maine, and Washington state and Houston. But it's okay. He's got a blog, with which to effect exciting governmental and social policy! Also this is probably his hilarious ironic way of getting you to actually go vote.

14 Comments / Post A Comment

KarenUhOh (#19)

The sanctity of the franchise is certainly instilled in us here in Chicago. I've already voted several times today.

caitlinate (#416)

I didn't know anarchists wrote for The Business Insider.

Hamilton (#122)

Simple Kantian reasoning dictates that you must vote, duh. Although I did not vote.

KarenUhOh (#19)


NinaHagen (#131)

I felt a bit dirty voting for Liu but other than that, I feel good. I do hope I run into Bloomie workers so I can scream "I'm a teacher – are you wasted?"

HiredGoons (#603)

Uh… everyone's a winner?

Ronit (#1,557)

John Carney is one of the most annoying bloggers on planet earth. He used to be at Dealbreaker (snarky finance blog), which is much better off without his paranoid Randroid rantings.

Louis Fyne (#2,066)

John Carney's logical processes and conclusion formulations make my brain cry. I haven't read Dealbreaker for a very long time and really, really don't miss it. Which is similar to my thoughts on Gawker, but at least Gawker was actually good at one point.

BronxWASP (#415)

I was going to vote for Bloomberg cuz I don't follow local politics very closely at all (my street's clean, I take the train unmolested, I don't have kids in public school) but people close to me think he's a real scuzz bag. So, I'll do exactly what that saint Obama tells me to do and vote for Thompson.

So everyone can hate Thompson in six months.

delrayser (#319)

Choire! Great news! You are the Rick Stengel of our generation! http://j.mp/1FjCL

Abe Sauer (#148)

Ha ha. Apparently Politico has moved on from just aggregating other's work to just posting the whole fucking thing as a block quote. Slick.

My lever jammed;I may have voted for Thompson. Also one socialist and one green.

sailor (#396)

If Carney were only that clever, Choire. His writing certainly betrays no hint of a special intelligence or insight.

I've always thought of it as an opportunity to meet the neighborhood.

Kataphraktos (#226)

Carney's thesis is sound when the election involves similar candidates with similar ideas and no ethical or moral issues in their past… which in this case would ignore the fact that Bloomberg and his ilk completely crushed our democratic rights under his Prada jackboot when he annulled two referenda by decree to get his third term.

The silver lining here is that Bloomberg will now be forced to preside over the worst of this depression's years (the next 4-5), and will take the full well-deserved Hoover-like blame for the collapse of New York City.

Even Bush was smart enough to get out while the getting was good.

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