I was driving out to Sam Mazza’s yesterday to see if they had any strawberry plants in yet and I passed a “Tarrant for Senate” lawn sign. That got me thinking about the whole Tarrant vs. Sanders race.
Two things came up. First, it’s funny how the Sanders supporters are constantly criticizing Tarrant for spending his own money, but the same people are all over Martha Rainville for taking donations. You can’t win with these people. They won’t be happy unless the GOP candidate has no money at all and they can just skate into office unchallenged. Real champions of democracy, these folks are.
Sanders takes the majority of his money from out-of-state. He also has special interest groups and the Democratic Party establishment financially backing him.
Tarrant, on the other hand, is not taking any money from out-of-state, special interest groups, or the Republican Party, from what I have read.
It does not sound like a bad thing that Tarrant is using his own money. At least we know he won’t need to compromise his principles for the people who financially backed him.
The other thing I was thinking about is how this race really is one of the few races I have seen in a while where you can really differentiate the positions of the candidates. There seems to be no need to squabble over irrelevant things when the candidates present clearly diametrically opposed philosophies.
Tarrant is a self-made business man. Sanders is an anti-corporation zealot, who has made his money as a career politician. You can’t get any more opposite than that. Tarrant is a proponent of the private sector; Sanders a champion of socialism. I challenge anyone to find a problem they would solve the same way.
There is really no need for either camp to go on about things that have nothing to do with each man’s views on the role of government or the policies they would support. They are doing a disservice to the voters to keep the focus on other things that bear no impact on what kind of senator either man would make.
I would love to see this be a campaign about the issues and political philosophies of each candidate and let the voters choose which one they like better.