I’m officially about three “Ask a ScienceBlogger” questions behind, but I didn’t want to pass this one up completely:
What’s the most important local political race to you this year (as a citizen, as a scientist)?
It’s tough to say, because the answer is either “all of them” or “none of them.” I thought about writing a voter guide a la Scalzi, but the truth is, my voting this year is entirely determined by a simple algorithm:
I will not vote for the Republican candidate for any office, so long as the current leadership of the national party holds power.
It’s as simple as that. I don’t care what the personal views or qualities of the individual candidates are, I will not support the corruption, cronyism, and insane ideology of the modern Republican party in any way. It doesn’t matter how qualified or moderate you are as a candidate: if you caucus with maniacs, you don’t get my vote. Period.
So, to be perfectly honest, I’ve paid so little attention to this election that I’m not entirely sure who’s on the ballot in our district, let alone what they think of science. I know we’re getting sleazy RNC-funded attack ads for John Sweeney, but I don’t think his district includes Schenectady. When I vote tomorrow, I’m going straight down the Democratic column, with the one exception being the demonstrably crooked candidate, and I’ll either throw my vote to some third party or abstain in that race.
And that’s all there is to that. I don’t need to expend any mental energy on the election, beyond idly wondering how the Democrats will screw things up. It leaves me plenty of time for more important things, such as football and fretting about my tenure case.