Tuesday, September 16, 2008
People in politics have their own calendar. For them (or us), the most important day of the year is Election Day. The ultimate arbiters of victory and defeat in a democracy are the people. Election Day is the day they get the last word.
Primary Day is also quite important. In all cases, it determines who the candidates will be on election day. In most cases, particularly in New York City, the September primary decides who will be elected in November. When I was a child, I used to read in the World-Telegram: “In Mississippi, the Democratic nomination is tantamount to election.” I figured out what tantamount meant – equivalent. That statement is no longer operative, Mississippi has a Republican governor and two Republican senators. Credit for that goes to Democrat Lyndon Johnson for getting civil rights and voting rights bills passed by Congress. Who said that? LBJ did.