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?