Something to see on a New York street (Photos by Doug Thompson)

Something one might see on a New York street (Photos by Doug Thompson)

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, the arch-conservative who some Republicans feel may be the only available alternative to overcoming Donald Trump’s ride to the party’s nomination for President on the hate wagon, is attacking the real estate billionaire for “New York values.”

What people of New York feel about what American needs, Cruz says, is out of touch with what the rest of the country need or want.

The idea that Cruz might have the slightest idea what America needs or wants is absurd enough but, putting that fantasy aside for a moment, what — exactly — are New York values?

Amy on an Amtrek Acela ride from Washington to New York in 2001.

Amy on an Amtrek Acela ride from Washington to New York in 2001.

Amy and I spent a fair amount of time in the Big Apple during our 23 years as residents of the National Capital Region of Washington, DC.  It was a reasonably short hop up on Amtrak’s Metro-liner.  She worked projects there because of her background in acting and entertainment and my professions in both journalism and politics took me there often.

We were guests at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, attended a private reception and dinner for photographer Annie Leibowitz and Amy worked with Al Pacino on a special event at Lincoln Center.

New York City is a photographer’s paradise: People, architecture and the kaleidoscope of city life provide so much for a lens to focus upon.

The Guggenheim

The Guggenheim

We were in Manhattan, visiting the Guggenheim Museum, two weeks before two airliners crashed into the World Trade Center in 2011.

We enjoyed visits to Manhattan. It was, and still is, the “city that never sleeps” and is a mecca for great restaurants, plays and more.

We have friends there who have never owned a car, or even have a driver’s license.  One does not drive to New York to visit. Amy’s best friend from high school lived there for many years in a walk-up apartment in Greenwich Village, referred to simply as “The Village” by locals.

As a country boy, I am not a New Yorker by birth or residency, but I agree with those who call the city home who agree with the New York Daily news headline that said: “Drop dead Ted.”

His outburst is just another reason to discard him as a serious contender for President but it is not, by any measure, any serious reason to consider support Donald Trump.  Every area of our nation — and the world — has its share of people who we would not invite to dinner and both Cruz and Trump are prominent on such a list, if we had such a list.

Which leaves the question:  Who, if anyone, is a candidate for President — either Democrat or Republican — that any of us would like to sit down and have a cup of coffee with and talk about the real issues of the day?

From our point of view, and at this point as we head into the first primary elections of 2016 in less then two weeks, the answer is simple: Not a damn one.

Those who analyze and pontificate on politics say Trump is leading the list of Republican contenders because he is the one who recognizes America’s anger at politics as usual and the sad state of affairs in Washington and America.

Or maybe Trump is the choice of so many because the rest of the GOP contenders are so bad.

On the Democratic side, we havee on contender with multiple former lives: A First Lady who claims she didn’t know her husband was screwing women right and left, a carpetbagging Senator from New York and a Secretary of State who used her own server for confidential emails.

The other choice?  A Senator who admits he is a Socialist and who won’t admit that what he wants to do as President will tax us into oblivion.

So many candidates but no real choices.

Maybe we should call that “Washington values.”

A giant eraser in Manhattan. Maybe something to use on politicians?

A giant eraser in Manhattan. Maybe something to use on politicians?