Wednesday, March 12, 2008
The 7th District Primary Race
I'm hearing a lot of pundits talking today about how Andre Carson faces an even tougher test in the May primary than he faced in his race against Jon Elrod. I've got news for you folks. The race is over. Like it or not, you are stuck with a former congresswoman's grandson who finished 88th out of 89th in his class at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy as your next congressman. It doesn't matter that he is fourth best as the Star characterized him in the crowd of candidates in the Democratic primary. The bottom line is that Carson won 45,000 votes in an election where only about 18% of the voters bothered to show up. Primaries aren't known for big turnouts, and the same people who voted for Carson yesterday will show up in May to vote for him again. Black voters will be united behind him, and they will represent more than half the voters in the Democratic primary in the 7th district. David Orentlicher can spend a million dollars trying to win this race and it won't make any difference because Carson already has a sufficient number of voters in his corner. All of you Democrats who have been complaining to me about Carson and how you were going to take care of him in the primary are going to have to suck it up and live with this man. He's your congressman. You're probably stuck with him until 2012 when, God willing, this 7th District will be obliterated by new and improved boundaries and place this Carson political machine on the ash heap of history where it belongs. The saddest part of this entire ordeal is the fact that Marion County may well wind up losing the service of two of its best state legislators in Jon Elrod and David Orentlicher. And people wonder why good people don't want any part of politics.