REALITY CHECK: GO VOTE, PLEASE!
Written by Charles Ellison on October 2, 2017
As we enter October, month of surprises, one thing is becoming abundantly unsurprising: Philadelphia forgot it has elections coming up.
That was the unfortunate thing about the Democratic primary for city District Attorney in May. It became so contentious, so politically caustic, that it gave residents the impression that this was the final election to determine Philly’s next top prosecutor. Add to that the mosquito buzz of conventional wisdom media heads who were constantly footnoting that “… Democratic registrations in the city outnumber, blah, blah, blah” and that “… the winner of this primary is favored to win, blah, blah, blah,” and you’re fomenting a potentially disastrous recipe for an upset.
Skepticism shouldn’t be a rare commodity in this current climate. Yet, in Philly sets into its old, collective-shrugging ways. Local Democrats—continually underestimating the real depth of disenchantment with their cause due to scandal, corruption convictions and electoral losses that should’ve never happened—seem content with “we got this.” Most analysis on the subject is fairly convinced that, in the case of the DA race, Democratic nominee Larry Krasner will certainly win. And that’s based, simply, on the fact that Democrats registered typically outnumber Republicans.