As the ‘Cuomodino’ race for the Governor of New York State continues its bid for the most pathetic and juvenile in history, many are wondering if the problems in Albany might simply be manifestations of the problems within the Democratic and Republican Parties. With the two main party candidates spending the better part of the last two weeks literally using Photoshop to draw feces on each other’s faces, the Libertarian and Green Party candidates have outlined their platforms and the differences between each other with sober dialogue and a level of maturity. Begging the question, is there a place for adults in New York politics?
“What is this the ‘Real Candidates of Erie County,” quipped Green party gubernatorial candidate and fromer Marine, Howie Hawkins as he watched video of Paladino verbally threatening NY Post Editor Fred Dicker for allegedly sending a photographer to snap photos of Paladino’s extramarital offspring. The scene played out when Dicker asked Paladino for proof of his assertions that Cuomo has had extramarital relations.
“Actually the constant bickering reminds me more of Jersey Shore. Maybe Cuomo should hire Snooki as his press officer. That’s about the level we’re at now,” added Hawkins.
“Howie and I disagree in some areas, but we both agree that corporate welfare must end…we both support open debates so the people can better see such differences,” stated Warren Redlich, the Libertarian gubernatorial candidate.
With both the Paladino and Cuomo camps accusing the other of stalling the negotiations for a televised political debate, perhaps it’s time for New York to drop the Democratic and Republican Parties from the debate altogether. When the two camps can not even decide a time and place to speak publicly to one another, how is either candidate capable of dealing with a State Senate that believes a three month work year is too long, or that passing the state budget 125 days into the fiscal year is acceptable behavior?
Perhaps the problems in Albany are not evidence of problems within the system, but evidence of problems and corruption within the two major parties. Perhaps they are simply symptoms of the diseased and power-rich political parties.
In a September 17th Gallup poll, 58% of Americans said “a third major party is needed.” Only 35% viewed the Democratic and Republican parties of doing “an adequate job of representing the American people.”
But it isn’t just the American people that are sick of the Democratic and Republican Party failures. Democratic and Republican party members are sick of their own candidates and have started endorsing the candidates from the opposing party. Former Democratic Governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, called Andrew Cuomo “the dirtiest, nastiest political player out there,” according to CBS. Republican candidate Paladino called former Republican Governor of New York George Pataki “a degenerate idiot,” according to the NY Daily News. And Republican New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is endorsing Democratic candidate Andrew Cuomo.
Both the Libertarian and Green party candidates point to the lack of differences between the two candidates as the reason for the mudslinging and public smearing. “Both want to cut spending and services in order to keep tax breaks for the wealthy…all that’s left to argue is: who’s the bigger man,” stated Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins. Libertarian candidate Redlich agreed that the Republican and Democratic Party candidates hold similar positions. “Cuomo and Paladino both claim they will get spending under control, but neither offers a plan,” stated Redlich in the press release.
“Cuomo and Paladino are so conservative that Lazio as the Conservative Party nominee didn’t see any point in running,” said Hawkins.
With the Democratic and Republican candidates endorsing the candidates from the opposing camp, one has to wonder about the differences in the platforms. Perhaps the differences do simply come down to the personality and character of each man. Or maybe the Republican and Democratic Party candidates would like to explain the differences in their platforms to the public in a civil discourse. Or perhaps it is time for adults to bring politics back into the arena. After they vacuum up all the photoshopped images of feces put out by the Democratic and Republican Parties.
Peter Roff, The Cuomo-Paladino N.Y. Gubernatorial Race Is 2010’s Nastiest, U.S. News and World Report
Independent Political Report
Spitzer: Cuomo ‘Dirtiest, Nastiest’ Of Politicians, CBS New York
Douglas Feiden, Carl Paladino pulls no punches: Pataki’s a ‘degenerate idiot,’ and Shelly Silver ‘belongs in Attica’, NY Daily News
Howie Hawkins, Green Party
Nicholas Confessore, Paladino and Anger: How Much Is Too Much?, NY Times
Paladino threatens New York Post Editor, WIVB