Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Emotional rollercoaster

  1. Worry that you will have to stand in line for an hour before you can vote in the Chicago city election.
  2. Optimism in bringing a New Yorker to the polling place and hoping for the best.
  3. Relief that you are the only voter in line.
  4. Depression that you are the only voter in line.
  5. Insane power-mad megalomania as it dawns on you that, since you are the only voter, the entire election is in your hands. Take that, Carol Moseley Braun! Don't let the door hit you! Congratulations, City Treasurer and onetime charity poker tournament tablemate Stephanie Neely! You're still in! Welcome to 47th Ward aldermanship, Ameya Pawar! 
  6. Outrage at the appalling news that apparently other people voted, depriving you of your newfound Daley-like hammerlock over city politics.
  7. And finally, a return to not caring that much.


Anonymous said...

I voted about 4 pm and felt like I was waking up the judges from a slumber. Was ballot number 209 at my precinct.

Elaine said...

Really? Indifferent because...?

Ben said...

The indifference relates to most of the ballot, a handful of races (one uncontested) among obscure candidates for largely apolitical, functionary roles like city clerk and city treasurer.

I do care about who becomes mayor. We have one open primary in which candidates of all parties run, and if no one gets over 50%, there's a runoff election in six weeks between the top two.

Rahm Emanuel had such a big lead both in the polls and at the bank that this election was essentially a referendum on whether to have a runoff. I thought it would be good for the city if we had one before coronating Rahm, particularly as his Rose Garden strategy (in both senses) revealed few specifics about his intentions.

I voted for his most credible challenger, Gery Chico, whom I met at a fundraiser in December, in the hope that he and Rahm would conduct a substantive campaign in the coming weeks during which I could make a more informed decision.

However, Rahm got a true majority and won the job outright. It's all on him now.

Elaine said...

You hadn't blogged about the race, and therefore I thought it might be impolite to ask before the election. It was interesting to follow the efforts to keep him completely off the ballot--ridiculous--and I have hope that he is genuinely interested in effective government and leadership. I tend to think that big cities don't really work--but at the same time, I'm envious of all the opportunities (compared to the relative backwater where I live.)

BG said...

Alright Ameya Pawar! Way to go. I voted for this man and have high hopes he will do a good job in my Ward.I liked his campaign and was ready for a change.