Too often we, as NYC residents, get stuck discussing ideas to the same like-minded individuals. Although this helps us refine our cause and intention, it gives very little insight into the minds of our loyal opposition. Try as we might, we just can’t convince a Republican with the same rhetoric we use with each other. If we could, they’d all be Democrats.
So, how do we reach out and find common ground? If you figure it out, let the rest of us know, but to help you narrow it down a little, I’ll refer you to a recent Town Hall hosted by Republican Gubernatorial candidate Steve Levy. You see, Steve Levy was, until recently, a Democrat. He switched parties to run on the Republican line, and in the video below, he’s making his case to a room full of Tea Partiers. He actually performs some pretty amazing verbal ninjutsu using phrases like “I’ve really evolved on that,” and “Regardless of how you feel about that, here is what we should do.” But, the real eye-opener is the relentless onslaught of political dogma the Tea Partiers throw at him. Give it a look, but give yourself enough time to get past the terrible intro music and graphics.
While we’re on the subject of the 2010 Election season: if you haven’t been paying attention to the candidates, you can start by going to this Attorney General Candidates forum tomorrow night:
Candidate forum for the office of State Attorney General
Thursday, May 6th
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Place: Brown Memorial Baptist Church
484 Washington Ave, at Gates Ave in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
Closest train stop: C train at Clinton-Washington