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.