As usual, I’m adopting my usual, “well, at least I voted so I can complain” mentality after Saturday’s elections. There was some bad news and some less-bad news.
Yeah, I’m really bummed that Jindal won without a runoff. I don’t like him one bit, and it always pisses me off when someone I can’t stand wins and then talks about “unity.” Well, ok, then change your views, and I’ll unify with you. I think LA drank the koolaid, but frankly, I don’t think Foster turned out to be the disaster I expected.
I was surprised how emotional I got when I saw that a country singer was briefly threatening to go to a runoff with Mitch Landrieu for Lt Gov. For some reason, Mitch is one of those rare politicians (career, at that) whom I trust, like, and respect. I like what he’s done for an office I knew very little about before him; I like what I hear him say about taxes, culture, etc; I’ve bumped into him a few times around town, and he strikes me as a genuine, nice New Orleanian who wants things to be better. If “name recognition” for Sammy F*in Kershaw would have kept him from balancing power a bit in BR and doing what he’s good at, I would have blown a gasket.
Glad Foti’s done. Bummed that Percy Marchand and Tommie Vassel didn’t have a better showing. I like them too. I don’t know what I’ll do for St. Rep, but I’ll vote for Willard-Lewis over Jackie. Even though I don’t like Malcolm Suber saying that whites shouldn’t run for the city council slot, I want that to be my decision. Truth is, I want to live in Chocolate City, so if it’s reasonably close, I’m voting for the black candidate. (Note that I voted for Mitch over Nagin’s re-election). I’ve talked to enough black friends who retain a hint of suspicion about white candidates’ goals that I am inclined to do a little more to maintain adequate black representation.
On another note, it’s sappy, but I really like voting. We walk the dogs and take turns watching them and going in to vote. We know our poll workers, and the people going in there are such a cross-section of the city, that I feel a little faithful. Even if it doesn’t always seem to do much, I feel good casting my ballot.
Now, etc: I’m still going to post on McGuire’s demise, but now heading home. Who knew that a university in New Orleans would close for rain? A good chance to get some writing done…