On Hickey’s surprisingly good election results

Now that we’re done slapping our forehead, we can comment on the District Attorney’s race, in which Gary Hickey – the very beau ideal of a train wreck — managed nevertheless to win 22.24% of the vote.

Hickey was arrested so many times during the campaign that it became clear he is unfit for office. That’s putting it mildly. Hickey appears to be in a mad dash toward the gutter, or worse. 

Yet over 10,000 people voted for him!

The mind reels at possible explanations. 1). Because he’s a man, and some voters don’t think women capable (which is sexist); 2). Because he has an Anglo name, and his opponent Tori Verber-Salazar has an ethnic name (which is racist); 3). Because many voters do not study political races and, knowing nothing whatsoever about them, they step into the voting booth and vote blindly (which is civic illiteracy).

What a witches brew of bad civics. Again we find ourselves quoting Winston Churchill: “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”

 

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