Rice Unable to Damn the Machine


Amy Rice makes a couple of interesting points in her election farewell letter to the editor of the Providence Journal:

We need to address voter apathy and do better in informing people about elections …

… said the woman whose party has dominated state politics for the better part of a century.  Rice claims to be “independent,” but I don’t recall her challenging the Rhode Island establishment.  Perhaps a core reason for apathy is the sense that candidates are all the same and the system is locked up.

I do wonder, however, whether Rice’s closing paragraph was a sly dig at the establishment:

I congratulate and support my Democratic colleague Jim Seveney, and hope he concludes his political career in the seat his father held.

Unfortunately, I suspect she’s sincere, but Rice does point directly to the problem.  How is it that our state could have so many low-level political dynasties?  QED, there must be something in it for them, but why do voters simply accept this as the way things are?

  • Rhett Hardwick

    I think something has gone awry with the electorate. Since FDR, two term presidents have become the norm. “Dynasties” (Kennedy, Bush, Clinton) have become the respected norm. Have we come to fear change?

    • ShannonEntropy

      Since FDR, two term presidents have become the norm

      Six of the 12 POTUSes since FDR did not serve two terms — JFK LBJ RMN Ford Carter & GHWB

      So it’s more like a coin flip than “the norm”

      • Rhett Hardwick

        JFK was assassinated,LBJ “chose not to run”, RMN was elected to two terms, Ford was a place holder and not initially elected, Carter presided over, and may have abetted, a disaster (18% home mortgages)

  • ShannonEntropy

    … but it WILL become the norm cuz as I’ve written about here & elsewhere many times ,, simple Electoral College math shows that it is extremely unlikely we will ever have a Republican POTUS again

    • D. S. Crockett

      An so will the Republic end!