Even as this horrible electoral experience saddened me, I still maintain hope that the current craziness will pass. Remember, although it's generally three steps forward and two steps back, progressive thought always triumphs in the end.
The election last week of Republican Robert Turner to Congress is significant for several reasons. One is that the result will be widely perceived as a rebuke to President Obama and the Democratic Party, which it is.
The possibility of an upset in the special election September 13 to fill Anthony Weiner's congressional seat should cause Democratic leaders some anxiety. The Republican nominee, Bob Turner, is running hard.
New Yorkers have shown a much greater interest in addressing gerrymandering than ever before. But there is still a great deal about the current debate that is largely unknown, misunderstood, or unsaid.
I suggest that the contested race in the 9th congressional district be turned into a referendum that will allow the voters of this district to register a protest against the positions of President Obama and the Republican leadership.
With the loss of two New York seats, the question arises: which two districts out of the 31 will be made to disappear by whichever legislative body, independent commission or Federal court ends up drawing the final lines?