Thursday, September 14, 2006

The Second-Choice Path to Victory is Against Ray Meier

So, where do we go from here? With Michael Arcuri dropping the ball with the no show at the debate in Herkimer, it's become ever more clear that the Democrats cannot win this seat in Congress by convincing people to vote for Mike Arcuri.

It's also clear that Arcuri has no intention of changing his ways, and running a campaign to inspire Democrats to turn out to vote. Perhaps Arcuri is incapable of changing. Perhaps he's so insulated from what Democrats are saying about him throughout the district that he still doesn't realize that there's a problem

Michael Arcuri is a rotten campaigner, and he's got a very bad attitude about being open to the voters. Probably, that's due to his position as District Attorney. The only elected office he's ever had is one in which he's accountable to the law, not to the people. So, it kind of makes sense that his idea of what elected officials do is to make decisions about what's best on their own, and not pay attention to what the public has to say about it.

What it comes down to is this: Arcuri is lousy politician with lousy people skills, but he's on the right side of the political debate. Ray Meier, on the other hand, is a skilled politician with slick people skills, but he is a part of a dangerously radical failed political agenda.

Even though I don't like Michael Arcuri's campaign, and I don't think he'd be accessible to constituents as a member of Congress, he's still my pick in this race. Better the idiot to add his voice to a larger cause than the smart guy who wants to lend his skills to the destruction of the foundational democratic values that have made America great.

The only option here is to stop trying to swim against the current. I'll put it on the record right here and now that I think Arcuri is a crass bumbler, but no one needs any more proof of that. What we need is to prevent right wing Ray Meier from getting elected to Congress.

No more nagging of Michael Arcuri. He's too dense to hear it. For the few remaining weeks in this race, I'll follow the path that Michael Arcuri himself has gone down: Hiding in the background as a generic and unspecific Democrat while hoping that people will simply vote for him instead of Ray Meier because they're sick of the Republicans.

Mike Arcuri wants to win this race by just being a Democrat. He seems to figure that just being a Democrat, even if no one knows who he is, will get him to win so long as people know that Ray Meier is a Republican.

I'll be focusing on that aspect of the campaign - what's the matter with Ray Meier. There's no use trying to argue that Arcuri is great. I can, however, try to make the honest argument that Ray Meier would be a terrible choice.

It's time for my last long list of the campaign season: For the remaining time, I'll be working on a list of 30 reasons not to vote for Ray Meier. It's the most I can stomach.


Curious said...

Yup, I think that's all any of us can say at this point. Meier BAD. Arcuri LESS BAD. Sadly, I don't think that's enough to get anyone to the polls.

Anonymous said...

Where are all those people who used to lecture us all about how great a candidate Arcuri would be? Where are all those other blogs now? They quit.

Thanks for not quitting - though I can tell this campaign is driving you crazy.

Anonymous said...

4:35 - I guess we found out Oneida County Democrats were as bad as we knew they were.

NoMoreArcuri said...

30 Reasons not to vote for Ray Meier?

You Bastard! How dare you steal back your idea!

Might work tho.

Here's a freebee:

In the back end of Ray Meier's Campaign HQ on Genesee St. in Utica, is one of those inflatable stand up punching bags (red), and it's got a copy of Biggus Dickus' "Mike Arcuri NYRI Mask" taped on it, and the middle of Mike's face is well "Punched Out".

I'm not joking...

Could this mean Ray Meier is violent? Maybe he wants to pop Mike in the face for real!

It's cute, but the Arcuri mindset would be the first to scream something like that was "alarming".

I'm being dramatic here, but as for 30 Reasons NOT to vote for Ray, I'm sure you can do it!

If at least to get your objections on the record!

You should offer your observational and analytical skills to campaigns on a "pay me" basis, because here in NY-24, your skills, offered totally free of charge, were unappreciated by Arcuri.
Someone here wrote "What a summer it could have been" and they were right.

If only we had real choices, not just scammers boosted by other scammers.

Also, for a "powerful mosquito", we know for a fact you've got more reader's in high places attention than you might think.

Frederick said...

People who refer to themselves as "We" are generally dicks. But in the case of "NoMoreArcuri" I think it's a lock. I'm still waiting for him to say something of substance, something that doesn't sound like a supermarket tabloid.

Anonymous said...

Arcuri in Cortland

Anonymous said...

Gosh it's a good thing for this blog. Here I was thinking Arcuri was running a good campaign, leading by double digits in a recent poll


and giving a well received speech in Cortland on economic development.


As Groucho Marx said, "Who are going to believe? Me or your own eyes?"

I guess I can't trust my own eyes. Thanks for setting me straight.

24 Independent said...

Wow. You don't know how to read a newspaper article or how to read a poll, do you?

That poll was not about Michael Arcuri and Ray Meier. It wasn't!

Read the last line: "Those polled, however, were not asked to make a choice between the two specific candidates, Meier and Arcuri."

That's what makes all the difference. The respondents were asked if they would vote for a Republican or a Democrat for Congress.

Arcuri claims that the double-digit lead is for him, but it's not.

Have you noticed that the generic Democrat gets more than Arcuri - a lot more?

That's the problem.

If Arcuri were not making so many screw ups, he could coast to victory. But he is screwing up, left and right, and threatening to throw what should be an easy victory to the Republicans.