|Dan Fiorella: Writer @ large||
Too Long for Twitter : Politics
I think the problem began when ALL politics became national. Remember when people ran for city council to fix potholes and close the local dump? Now people run for school boards or for dog catcher on an “anti-Washington” platform. People are pestering me for contributions for candidates in other states that I can’t vote for. I think I remember when it started. In NYC, during a mayoral campaign (I think maybe it was Ed Koch’s first run), at a debate, the reporters starting asking the candidates what they thought about the situation in the Mideast. Which would be a great question if you were running for mayor of the Mideast. But none of them were. Plus you had the usual stuff happened, a local guy who did his job really well is prompted to run for national office. And guess what? What made you a great local problem solver has nothing to do with the way they’re running things in DC, so now you’re useless. Which, of course, led to the problem of local guys always running for local office with an eye toward national politics, so now my city councilmen are now more concerned with the situation in the Mideast than with local garbage pick-up. So, thanks National Parties for sucking the local out of local politics so that now I can’t get my pothole fixed or my dump closed.
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