Now a word for the other side....Before the local Dems crow too wildly about their prospects, let me introduce you to Bill.
Bill is a sixty-ish hard working guy in retail whom I have known for years and is a registered Democrat.....I was chatting with him during dinner at Pete's (surprise).
Bill regularly votes for the Aubertines and the Schumers, but this year he wants nothing to do with incumbents. Bill tells me he has had enough and is disgusted with the whole Albany and Washington scene.
Bill is one of those people who is not in a union and not a government employee and as such is a persuadable voter. As he sits tonight, he is anti-incumbent above all else.....
If your name is Hennessey or Ford, voting is easy...You vote the party....But for guys like Bill who have thought of themselves as Democrats, it's not so automatic.
That is the reason the Dohenys and the Ritchies are very much in the hunt although conventional wisdom suggests otherwise. It's not a party thing...not a desire for the GOP to be in charge...It's a visceral revulsion of the current ruling class.
There are people out there who are mad as Hell....Bill is one of them.