If conventional wisdom is true and Andrew Cuomo has always and still does have this years gubernatorial race locked up, then why watch the debate Monday at 7PM on YNN (Cable 10 in Watertown)?
There is the remote possibility Mr. Cuomo dissembles and Mr. Paladino soars, creating at least a chance the current 25 point margin could narrow.....Hard to imagine what either man could do to create that much of a game changer...But its worth watching for that reason.
Chances are those of you who vote November 2 will be casting a strategic vote...Perhaps its for Mr. Cuomo, to create a huge margin and a mandate...
Maybe you will vote for Mr. Paladino on the Conservative or Taxpayer parties with a eye towards keeping a voice for common sense on the ballot for four years.
Could be you will pick one of the minor candidates to send a message on a certain issue and create a party to advocate for those issues.
Charles Barron's Freedom Party would amplify the role of minorities in the Democratic Party by allowing the line to be used as leverage in candidate selection. If you think that's important, then a vote for Barron is defensible.
Same thing for the plight of poor and the Rent's 2 Damn High Party......Or personal freedom issues and the Anti-Prohibition Party.
Or if you are a "progressive" and feel you are being ignored in the Democratic Party, then the Green nominee may be for you. And there is the Libertarian Party which stands for fiscal restraint.
With the end result not in question, its a good election to make a statement with your vote.
And no matter what you do, don't let some pinhead lecture you on how you wasted your vote. No vote cast is wasted.