In this report from the Associated Press, Democrats are touting Medicare as the issue that enabled a Democrat to score an upset win for a New York congressional seat in a Tuesday, May 24 special election.
I’m not saying that’s not true, but it’s also worth noting that this was a three-way race: The winning Democrat got 47 percent of the votes cast. The Republican got 43 percent, and a third candidate, described as a “wealthy tea party candidate,” got nine percent. Forty-three plus 9 equals 52, which indicates to me that the Democrats don’t enjoy majority support in this district.
Three-or-four-candidate general elections are bad for democracy, IMHO. Members of Congress, as well as Presidents, should be able to take office only after getting a majority of the votes. But the system doesn’t always work that way.
And as our politics become increasingly fragmented at the national level, I dread the day when a President takes the oath of office with 38 percent of the voters behind her or him.