Anchorage: 41% of 29% Possibly Insane

Ethan Berkowitz, 59% of 29%

Ethan Berkowitz, 59% of 29%

Amy Demboski, 41% of 29% (Photo ADN)

Amy Demboski, 41% of 29% (Photo ADN)

The final votes aren’t yet counted, but it appears that 41% of the Anchorage voters who cared enough to vote in the Municipality’s mayoral run-off were crazy enough to vote for candidate Amy Demboski. Of course, only 29% troubled themselves to vote. That’s right, with a perfectly good reason to turn out to vote – to keep a genuine wingnut from getting elected – only 29% of Anchoragites could be trouble to exercise their franchise.

Sometimes in an election where you can’t enthuse about any candidate the best solution is to vote against one who is truly awful. The folks in Ship Creek had a classic opportunity vote against candidate Demboski, a deceptive, cynically manipulative hypocrite. Someone who has been documented to have a history that sharply contradicts the political positions she now claims to hold. And when the stories break, blames “the media” for her problems.

Of course, that’s a character trait that’s not limited to Anchorage candidates; Rep. Don Young (R, Senility) would be Exhibit A. Joe “Bad Penny” Miller would be Exhibit B. And the list hardly stops there. But Mayoral Wannabe Demboski is a particularly egregious example.

Some may point out that the Christianists and Prevo-ites likely worked to turn out their voters, inflating the 41% Demboski received. Possibly true, but in WC’s mind, that worsens, rather than mitigates, the disengagement of the 71% – 71%! – who couldn’t be troubled to protect their city from a nut job. On the evidence, more than two-thirds of the registered voters in Alaska’s largest city care enough to protect their community from a nut job.

You have to wonder which is worse? 12% who are blind enough to thinkAmy Demoski could possibly be an effective, credible mayor? Or the 71% who couldn’t be troubled to vote?


3 thoughts on “Anchorage: 41% of 29% Possibly Insane

  1. I’ve almost given up on a long term friendship with a business owner in anchorage because he doesn’t vote. He can’t be bothered to research the issues, and vote for a candidate that will benefit him and his business, not to mention his property value of his home on the hillside. I just don’t get how people can be so neglectful of something that is so important.

  2. Voter turnout is problematic everywhere these days. I have no patience for anyone who will learn about the candidates and issues that affect their daily lives. Considering that public libraries often have free public access to the internet, there is no excuse to do basic research. Librarians are usually available and willing to help those unfamiliar with computers. Perhaps some people cannot read. Perhaps some cannot think about issues well. However, for those with an average IQ and the ability to read and reason, there is no excuse to ignore their civic duty. There are a number of credible sites that provide voters with information on the issues, their ballot lineups, and the specific candidates for their locale. It makes me less than half an hour to find information on local candidates – their background and their stands on issues. It is isn’t difficult to register to vote or inform yourself. It certainly isn’t difficult to arrange to get to a polling place unless your job makes it difficult to get there during the scheduled voting hours but advance voting ballots are available in almost every state of those those physically incapable of getting to the polls due to disabilities or remote locations. I really don’t get it. Perhaps we need PR campaigns that make awaken people to their responsibilities or to make it as enticing to do as voting for reality shows such as American Idol or Dancing with the Stars — oops, that may not be the best idea. The quality of those decisions is rather suspect. 🙂

  3. Excellent article. You should send this as a letter to the editor of the ADN unless you are one of their bloggers already. I feel your angst.

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