Uninformed Voters Enable Broken Government

If we want government to work, we have to be smarter about our choices, blogs CNN contributor L.Z. Granderson.

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GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich (Getty Images)

CNN contributor L.Z. Granderson marvels at inferior elected officials and urges voters to make more informed choices if they want better governance.

Whenever I visit Washington, I can't help but think this is the town that elected a crackhead as its mayor.

I know, I know it's not PC to say, but just because it's insensitive doesn't mean it isn't true.

But think about this: There is footage of Marion Barry in a room of crack smoke saying, "Bitch set me up." And yet that image, that video did not disqualify him from being seen as a viable political option in the mind of voters. In fact, not only was he re-elected mayor after serving time in a federal prison, today he sits on the City Council, all because he managed to convince enough black people that the video of him with the crack pipe in his mouth was white people's fault. 

When analyzing what is wrong with our government, allow me to present this example as Exhibit A. 

Exhibit B would be Newt Gingrich, who cheated on two wives and is the only speaker of the House to have been disciplined for ethics violations. And yet somehow he is running for president of the United States as a religious conservative and managed to get 8% of the votes during last week's straw poll in Florida.

Are you freaking kidding me?

Read L.Z. Granderson's complete blog entry at CNN.

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