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Failing to Crash the Party is No Fun

by on November 4, 2010

People like sticking to routines. It’s comforting knowing that South Park will be there every Wednesday at 10 p.m. or that Tim Hortons always has an Iced Cappuccino to sell you on the way to the pay period’s initial shift. And Saturday hangovers mark the last day of the week better than any calendar could.

But familiarity’s positive qualities have limits. Reflexively sticking to deleterious habits means never escaping from an essentially endless rut. For example, many of New York’s voters acted like Dawn of the Dead zombies returning to the mall this week, and the Democratic Party remains undead as a result.

Maybe we need greater doses of debt, unemployment, officiousness, onerous taxes, diminished reputation, lost pride, relinquishment of individual rights and responsibilities, and general exhaustion nationally before New York contributes to fixing it, as present circumstances are apparently not cruddy enough.

We’re on our own here, especially after election night. Nearly every other non-California or maybe -Massachusetts state learned that sticking it to the successful in the name of spreading entitlements to all others impoverishes everyone. It’s getting perilous here. But why worry about flooding? We can always move to the attic.

Consider the gubernatorial race. Foes claimed Carl Paladino was crazy because he was upset he thought a reporter was bothering his daughter and since he holds similar views on homosexuality to the president. Instead, Empire State ballot-casters went with a financial lunatic in Andrew Cuomo who will treat Albany’s notorious profligacy as a good start.

On an equally baffling note, retaining both senators is as curious as going back to the Olive Garden after having eaten there before. The Empire State will continue to be represented by a pair of ruthlessly nasty, supremely partisan attention junkies who will again push the annoyingly intrusive agenda rejected by everyone outside of the asylum states. You don’t have to be crazy to vote here, but it helps.

Some notable politicians returning to represent Western New Yorkers in Congress were similarly rewarded for helping to pilfer trillions. Maybe voters were appalled by the prospect of working alongside Louise Slaughter and Brian Higgins in the private sector. But keeping them from joining the several dozen discarded House Democrats is as masochistic as cheering for the Bills each week. Consistency is so overrated.

To be fair, Republicans made some gains in New York. But consider the baseline: they started from close to nothing. A temperature increase from two to eight isn’t that comforting, especially when the snow piles are as overwhelming as the wind chill. Yes, controlling or tying up the State Senate is nice, especially when it comes to redistricting. But a consolation prize still isn’t the trophy you want on the mantle.

Tuesday’s general national trends were anti-Democratic as opposed to being pro-Republican. The GOP remains on double-secret probation until they demonstrate they’re more than lesser liberals. Of course, New York’s Republicans traditionally embody the timid bloated-government tilt that neither placates the left nor entices the center-right. George Pataki isn’t running anymore, but memories of his indistinctly wasteful reign remain.

Still, many candidates in New York who offered genuine alternatives to spending political capital on taxing tax and spending failed to win jobs Tuesday. They might not have been good workers if they aced the interview.

But most of those who were rehired will continue to be drains on productivity. It’s an entirely unpleasant scenario even if those returning have fewer cash-burning allies in the office. Other states cleaned house. But New Yorkers would rather let those who threw their garbage on the floor do the exterminating. We’re still at best years away from getting clean.

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