Endless war

This is yet another presidential election year when many New Yorkers will be fascinated with their own statewide elections — thanks to the recent tipping of power in the battle for control of the Senate — perhaps more than the greater conflict raging outside. In 2004, you recall, New Yorkers had nothing better to do (being irrelevant in the Great Race for the White House) than run around shrieking with copies of the Brennan Center Report in hand. Wasn’t that a time. (The state of reform is a post for another day.) Now, as we seem poised on the brink of an all-out, statewide war for the Senate this fall, I’d like to pass on this glimpse into a possible future (very much in the spirit of Upstate 2050)…

We weren’t quite certain when it happened, but somehow we forgot when was the last time anyone won. All the old calendars were recalibrated to the pace and preponderance of campaigns, and the schedules of campaigns were calibrated to other campaigns, and somehow, somewhere along the way we forgot what year it was or what season, what the election was for or why anyone was running. At some point, we thought it had become mandatory to participate in the process. We couldn’t be sure, but we felt it was probably safer to show up. Somehow the rate of participation always increased, and somehow the importance of each vote was greater than the last. When was the last time anyone went to work, or ate other than a boxed lunch? We are all pretty sure that someone is still in charge, but we aren’t quite sure of what.

(BTW, Upstate 2050 has a new entry up about the Promised Land and the Old Country…)