In many places, the 2022 vote falls into the same percentage split between the two parties regardless of the office or level of government we are talking about. What this means is that the qualifications/experience, reputation, ideology/religion, education, income or planet of origin of the individual candidate makes little or no difference.
An alien from outer space could win in Texas with 54 percent of the vote if it declared Republican. Anyone with three heads declaring Democrat would get exactly 46 percent of the vote. In other words, we no longer vote for the person, but the faction. In a healthy democracy, every single person is supposed to be his/her own faction, not just a small and useless cog in one great Ferris wheel of party conformity.
Is this what democracy has come down to? We must either pick “amber waves of fascism” on the right, or “beautiful and spacious waves of socialism” on the left? What if we don’t like either? Good thing I’m the only person in America who has this problem.