Liberty Just in Case

A Dialogue for the September 12th World

Yesterday I Voted…

Posted by Mark on January 31, 2008

…as part of the early voting program in Illinois.  Easy choices, followed by harder ones.

First choice isn’t really a choice at all, Democrat or Republican. No problem, as there is only one Democrat I would even consider voting for…ever. Nope, not Joe Leiberman.  He whines. He’s right on the war, but he whines. Can’t do that.

The only Democrat I would ever vote for is the Minority Leader of the Oklahoma House of Representatives,  Danny Morgan.  I know Danny, and he’s a good guy. Why he’s a Dem is beyond me.

Denny Hastert was my Congressman here in the People’s Republic of Illinois, and so I had to vote for my choice for Republican nominee, and the Republican nominee for President.

Voting for Chris Lauzen was easy.  Jim Oberweiss smeared him big-time, and since I happen to know Chris, I know for a fact the smears were lies.  I have nothing against negative campaigning. Negative ads are a tried and true American tradition. But I dislike lying about your opponent, even though that too has a grand tradition in American politics.

As I looked at the ballot yesterday, I knew two things for certain.

Ron Paul is a certified whack-job of the first magnitude. He and Dennis Kucinich  are opposite poles of the same nutcase magnet. No difference, except Kucinich says he’s seen a UFO, and Dr. Paul looks like he just stepped down from one.

The other thing I knew for sure was that Mike Huckabee is not ready to be President. Sorry, but there’s something about him that bothers me…a lot. I can’t put my finger on it, but he sets off alarms in my head.  Nope, can’t go there.

My heart was with Rudy. But my head was pretty sure he was gonna lose Florida.  It felt like I was wasting my vote, and a wasted vote in the primary is a vote for John McCain. Not something I was willing to do.

So, I voted for Mitt Romney.  He’s good on the economy, and appears to be stable on the war.

I have a hard time viewing McCain as stable on anything…period.

The American Thinker has a nice look at McCain’s supposed “conservative” voting record:

What this means is that McCain’s ACU ratings since 1998 put him on the liberal side among Republicans.  The few Republicans consistently more liberal than McCain would be Chafee (formerly R-RI), Collins (R-ME), Snowe (R-ME) and Specter (R-PA).  One could expect senators from northeastern states to be more liberal since their constituencies demand it, but McCain represents the fairly conservative state of Arizona.  (Arizona’s other senator, Kyl, has a lifetime rating of 96.9, and half the representatives from there have ratings of 94.7 or higher.)
How much more liberal would McCain vote if his constituency put even the slightest pressure on him in that direction?
On the other hand, Senator Clinton (D-NY) has a lifetime ACU rating of 9 (83rd place) and Senator Obama (D-IL) has a rating of 8 (86th place).
Not much to cheer about here.
 Nope. Not much to cheer about at all.
One more thing. Real Clear Politics has an analysis of the McCain voters in Florida.  As usual, no one does it better. One thing stood out for me from the exit polls that was not mentioned by RCP.  McCain ran away with the vote of the unchurched. I find that ominous.
Having said all of the above, if John McCain is the nominee, I’ll vote for him. I’ll even campaign for him. Because, while McCain is not my choice for Republican nominee, he would be a huge improvement over Obama. And, as Mitt Romney said, having Bill Clinton back in the White House with nothing to do is just too scary to contemplate.

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