New York Was Feelin The Common Sense
New Yorkers of all stripes are used to politicians pandering to them for votes. Here, more so than just about anywhere else, we generally base our support on who has more realistic goals that can be achieved in the very near future. The “revolution” rhetoric is neither practical nor impactful for many New Yorkers.
Being the state that most closely represents the demographics of the country, including many minorities, New York knows it takes time to accomplish the things that we would like to see implemented. When we hear outlandish promises, even for things we want, it makes many less receptive to the message because of how transparently obvious the ploy is. We realize that what is being sold to the young and idealistic won’t happen solely because someone becomes President. Congress doesn’t just fall in line because someone becomes President. Democrats won’t just get elected because someone is running for President. These things take an incredible amount of time and effort as they are met with extremely intense opposition. We know that reality more than most.
After all, if it was so easy for those things to be done, they would be done by the current President. Approach New Yorkers with logical goals, we’ll listen. Farfetched ideology clouded in fantasy is automatically greeted with a response hinting at a belief that the person sharing it is just saying what is necessary to secure our votes. It’s a sure way to alienate the majority of nonwhite males who know there is no free anything.
Personally, I think candidates’ campaigns do them a great disservice by writing off entire portions of the country and thereby putting them at almost insurmountable deficits. Not having a candidate prepared to answer questions at an interview with a major publication in a state you must win or at least tie is disgraceful.