PolitiFAIL Final Four, WNY Voters vs. Chris Collins

31 Mar

Here it is the final four, and the voters of WNY find ourselves up against a nouveau riche weasel who goes out of his way to screw the little guy day in and day out.

Collins was the top seed in the county bracket, and sure enough, here he is, playing the 4th local seed.  The WNY Voter has defeated such remarkable failures as Steve Pigeon and Andrew Rudnick.  That’s no small feat.  That’s a massive upset.

But consider the fact that Collins wouldn’t be a household name were it not for the WNY Voter.  The WNY Voter let Giambra before him get away with shoving the county’s head down the toilet and flushing over and over.  All of these elected people on the original bracket owe their political existence to the WNY Voter.

We’ve repeated Collins’ misdeeds over and over.  He’s a petty technocrat who, like his overwhelming white, suburban political base, doesn’t give a shit about the city or its poors.  Oh, they may “care” by, e.g., allowing the United Way to withdraw a few bucks out of every paycheck.  But in an overarching socioeconomic way, the Collins types figure urban problems just get solved by a few feel-good drop-offs of cans at a suburban Tops for the Food Bank of WNY.

Collins’ policies hurt the poorest and most vulnerable in our society.  The ones who need help the most.  The ones who are powerless, who have nothing, who are more likely than not represented by feckless wastes who concern themselves more with Machiavellian power plays than with applying 21st century solutions to late 20th century problems.

But the voter – we, as voters – we continually settle for mediocrity.

You know why Collins won? Because the other side put up Jim fucking Goddamned Keane to run for county executive.  I mean, why not just run a guy named Hacky McPatronagejob?  If the Democrats had run a candidate who didn’t make Dale Volker look like a forward-thinking go-getter, maybe the result would have been different.

While other people in other parts of the country strive for excellence, we struggle for adequacy.  Dale Volker hasn’t been in elected office since 1973 by accident.  Antoine Thompson didn’t win an uncontested election last year by a fluke. Byron Brown didn’t win by a landslide by mistake, and he didn’t run unopposed in November by chance.

All of these things happen because the average voter lets them.

Whether it’s the semi-informed ignoramus who listens to the Sandy Bauerle show, or the professional who carefully reads the paper, it doesn’t take much to get involved.  I may not agree with a single solitary thing the tea partiers stand for, but at least they’re trying to effect change they believe in.  Would that everyone did that.  Would that everyone took as much of an interest in political matters as they do with the goings-on of the Sabres and Bills.  We’d all be better off as a community.

Sports teams aren’t what make a city or a region a major-league place; a contender.

In this match-up, you have to decide from a FAIL standpoint: do we select the Six Sigma poindexter who puts the poors in a closet?  Or do we select the real culprits behind Collins’, Brown’s, Thompson’s, Volker’s, Maziarz’s, Howard’s, etc., ascension to elected office?

For the most part, our public servants aren’t.

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9 Responses to “PolitiFAIL Final Four, WNY Voters vs. Chris Collins”

  1. Chris from OP March 31, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    I still can’t get over the fact that Tim Howard isn’t in the Final Four.  He’s my Kansas.

  2. pirate's code March 31, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
    Sir Winston Churchill

    Churchill was often an enormous gasbag, but he nailed this one.

    • Chris from OP March 31, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

      “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”
                                                             – Sir Winston Churchill

      • Chris from OP March 31, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

        “Ray, when someone asks you if you’re a god, you say “YES”! ”                                                              -Sir Winston Zeddemore

  3. lefty March 31, 2010 at 2:33 pm #

    If the WNY voter does not win this thing….

    Brown, Collins and Volker all share one thing in common. They are empowered by the WNY voter.

    The WNY voter represents groups like unions, grassroots, tea party and every other band of merry idiots that do not see the big picture.

    The WNY voter represents the WNY mindset, which is against change. For so long they have been walking around knee deep in shit, they no longer can smell it.

    The WNY voter represents the idea that not only are manufacturing jobs going to come back but they should come with the crazy compensation packages that used to exist. Even those are the reason they left.

    The WNY voter represents the mindset of pointing the finger. As an example, the ONLY reason Buffalo so jacked is because the White man moved his family to the burbs. Another example is the suburban resident who thinks by crossing Bailey Ave, they are not effected by the troubles in the city.

  4. STEEL March 31, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    This is a rigged contest. Without the voters none of these guys would even be in the game.

    • Brian Castner March 31, 2010 at 9:33 pm #

      Are we going to do a douche tourney with STEEL as #1 seed?

  5. Becky March 31, 2010 at 11:30 pm #

    Sorry, but I don’t think the WNY voter should take the fall for party “leaders”. After all, we can only vote for who’s on the ballot. Viable candidates seem hard to come by. Going along with what you mentioned above, it was like Keane was totally tone deaf to the political atmosphere in the County, or else he was trying lose. And then there have been various other races where a strong candidate is left in the dirt – sometimes I think the leaders have it worked out between them who gets what slot, and the voters are left with the hand-picked “choices”.

    • Dave April 1, 2010 at 1:42 am #

      I disagree, Becky. By ‘voter,’ Alan doesn’t just mean the handful who pull the levels in the general election. I’m guessing he means everyone in the WNY community; we all have a role in this mess, whether we vote or not. Democrats and Republicans elect the committee members who vote for the chairpeople and decide who goes on the ballot. As a group – me included – we settle for the status quo, let ourselves be bought with pork and other shiny baubles, or worst of all are so apathetic we ignore the process altogether. If I were DA, I’d be tempted to put assemble a Grand Jury to look into charging the WNY voter with reckless endangerment.

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