Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Tammany Hall Hegemony?

Travis Armstrong's editorial today on "machine politcs" confuses me as it uses the same illogical reasoning as those that support term limits and fails to mention, yet again, the money and influence of groups like the Police Officer's Association. It's facinating to me how much power he gives SEIU when the POA spends a substantial amount of money itself.

He uses Terry Tyler as an example of a citizen candidate. His love affair with Terry Tyler's campaign forgets several things.

  • Tyler didn't walk precincts and was absent in Europe for much of the beginning of the campaign -- this tells me he wasn't that serious about being a council member and had more important things to do.
  • Tyler didn't raise much money. No matter what Armstrong says -- good candidates have little trouble raising money, whether they are liberal, moderate or conservative.
  • His own support of Tyler was worth reporting on Tyler's campaign disclosure as it easily represented over $10,000 in advertising on any given day in the News-Press. Why didn't that have an effect?

Finally, the relationship to term limits is that in the final analysis voters vote for the candidates they prefer. I can't stand this argument that money is all there is as it presumes a level of stupidity on the part of voters -- like they can't make up their own minds. Saying that voting is a formality cheapens the process and does not add up. If you don't like Wolf or Williams -- vote for Secord!

In the last election, we saw a record turnout -- they couldn't have all been liberal. Democracy is great as it does have that check and balance. If we don't like who is the incumbent -- we can vote for someone else. That, my friends, is the beauty of the system -- no matter how much money is involved.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The post is illogical. Term limits deprives voters of the right to vote for whom they want. Secord for council is one example, if he had not been arbitrarily barred from running again.

Why always talk about Travis Armstrong? How about the police mess? I think the buck there stops with the council...

6/25/2006 2:15 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

My exact point! Police issue is next...

6/25/2006 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Trivializing Travis troll said...

why try to apply intellect and reason to Travis Armstrong's illogical, sophmoric rants? his "principles" such as they are have no continuity or integrity. Has he never heard of the "Davies machinery"---each one of the candidates had their own base of supporters; with the exception of Guzzardi, all had within the same range of financial backing.

Travis can't bring himself to admit out loud how much contempt he has for women in positions of power [with one important exception] so he will grasp at straws and manufacture "reasons" to diss Wolf. He did his best to attack the Women's Political Committee over the weekend.

Let's stop giving him power to which he is not entitled.

6/26/2006 4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sara, I think you should start a thread as to why Guzzardi won the Eastern Goleta Valley. It would be great to start a dialogue about that.

6/27/2006 7:45 AM  

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