God showed Eve to Adam, and asked him to choose a bride

This quote from a Time Europe column on the Russian presidential election applies equally well to my voting experience today. Of the 14 positions on the ballot, only the presidential election offered more than a single candidate. Here in Massachusetts, we can’t even complain about the evils of a two-party system. In fact, that would be a step up from the current situation.
This state does have open primaries, or at least if you’re registered independent you can select which primary ballot you wish to vote. However, that’s hardly real choice. In a state with a Republican governor and where it looks like Bush is going to poll about 40% of the vote, why can’t that party field more candidates in the state legislature and congressional contests?
Not that I’d vote for them necessarily, but I like to see incumbents earn it every once in a while.