Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Election No One Cared About

I am an election junkie, I can not help myself, I love watching and taking part in the game of politics, but this BC election is the most dead one I have been around in my life. No one seems to care about this one other than the terminally politically addicted and the hopelessly partisan.

I ask everyone I interact with about their opinions on the election. Servers, colleagues, people at kids events, people in line at Starbucks, people in the bar watching hockey, and anywhere else I can talk to people. The public I am talking to is not interested in this election and hates the two main choices in the election.

  • There is no issue driving in this election
  • There is no passion in the electorate
  • The NDP campaign is a rambling amateurish ball of negativity
  • The Greens have not moblized people on the ground
  • The Liberals are competent as government but blandly visionless for the future

I having trouble finding interesting places for commentary on the election. There are a few good blogs, but they are not enough to satisfy my habit.

Last time around I was completely subsumed by the BC STV campaign. There was more of an on the ground buzz with electoral reform last time, this time people are just not that interested in coming out and learning more.

We have so few polls and they tell us less than ever that tea leaf reading is getting almost impossible.
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