February 02, 2008

Election Dilemma

On a previous post about Why I Don't Vote Early, Special Agent Johnny Utah asked me to expand a bit. That question ties into a post I have been meaning to write, so here goes...

I don't like to vote early in case my candidate, in this case Thompson, drops out before my state's primary. I suppose because I want to cast my vote for the candidate that best represents my values - and is still in the race. I want my vote to be 'counted'...but as I think about it....

I have never had a problem voting for a candidate I believed in simply because the conventional wisdom suggested that they "couldn't win". I bristled as Hugh Hewitt chastised callers that "a vote for Huckabee is a vote for Giuliani" (as it turns out, he was wrong anyway, a vote for Huckabee is a vote for McCain)

Unfortunately, this pool of pols leaves me completely uninspired. There is no one left in the running that I would be happy to see running the country, so a choice among them would be a matter of picking the least bad of three bad options.

Or, I could vote my heart and cast a ballot for Fred. I would know that my vote "counted" for something, even if that something was just a solitary voice whispering in the political void "give us real candidates, real conservatives, real choices"

However, I really don't want McCain to win. Really. With Huckabee still in the race pulling votes, that weakens Romney's odds. I am no fan of Romney, either, but I think his real world executive experience and understanding of economics and business make him a better choice. He has the brains to surround himself with a good team, where McCain sees himself as all the team he needs (if it were possible for him to appoint himself as Secretary of Everything and do away with the Cabinet, I think he would).

The pundits have all given Arizona to McCain already. My one vote for Fred probably would have no impact whatsoever. I just would hate to think that all of us who want to send a message to the party could have changed that outcome by voting for Romney, and didn't.


Posted by Vox at February 2, 2008 11:04 AM | politics

I concur with you assessment of our situation. I'll be voting for Romney too. (and holding my nose)

Posted by: Karen of Scottsdale at February 2, 2008 01:51 PM

I have never voted early in a primary situation, mostly because my first preference always drops out before they get to Arizona. Like you, I'll grudgingly support Romney as the best of what's left.

Posted by: Exurban Jon at February 2, 2008 05:30 PM