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January 13, 2004


You want me to vote for a Democrat come November? I'm perfectly willing to. After all, I've done so in every other presidential election I've been eligible to vote in.

I voted for Mondale, people. I voted for Dukakis, for Christ's sake. I knew he was going to lose--had known ever since he flubbed his answer to Bernard Shaw's "Governor, if Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?"

Dukakis' answer was so excrutiatingly wrong, so tin-eared and thick-headed that it was immediately plain to me that his campaign was dead. God only knows what Lloyd Bentsen thought as Dukakis pissed away the gains he had won for them just a week earlier.

I know what I thought. "Effing idiot," is what I thought. I still voted for him, though. Even Dukakis wasn't enough of a screw-up to make me vote for a Republican.

Oh, for the return of the old days. This year, come November, I'm voting Republican. I'm one of David Brook's 20 percent, and I'll remain so, because none of the nine Democrats running has managed to say, not only what I want them to say, but what needs to be said in order to kick George Bush out of the White House.

It's a simple speech, really. "When it comes to Foreign Policy and the War on Terror, my administration will do the exact same things that the Bush Administration has done. When it comes to domestic policy, we'll do exactly the opposite."

This doesn't mean that I agree with everything that Bush & Co have done abroad, nor does it mean that I disagree with everything his administration has done on the domestic front. What it does mean is that, come November, I'm going to vote for Bush in spite of what I think about his domestic polices, because of what I think about his administration's foreign policies.

Right now 39% of registered Democrats support the war in Iraq. After everything, the continuing deaths of American servicemen, the daily attacks by the Left wing on the entirety of America's foreign policy, the shrill denunciations on the editorial pages, 39% of the liberal party in the United States still supports what George Bush is doing in Iraq. They must think it of some importance, yet their party's nomination process seems tailor-made to drive them into the arms of the Republicans.

39% is a huge poison pill, far too big for any peace-pandering pol to swallow and still win in November. Cut the numbers in half, and they are still too large. If the Democratic political atmosphere remains as it is now, then come the election, thousands upon thousands will cast Republican ballots for the first time ever, and they'll curse the party of their birth for forcing them to do so.

Posted by Bigwig at January 13, 2004 11:51 PM | TrackBack
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Yep, I voted Democrat the last several times. I even voted for Al Gore. But, after 9/11, I was glad Bush won because I couldn't see Gore doing anything but whining about the pollution that was produced.

I haven't seen a Democratic candidate that I would rather have in the White House at this point, so will be voting for Bush. Sure, he does some stuff I don't agree with - but every President has done the same.

Posted by: bogie at January 14, 2004 06:49 AM

Egads! Where did we fail you?

Posted by: yomama at January 14, 2004 10:38 AM