This post is dedicated to everyone who feels obligated to vote for a mainstream GOP candidate solely to get Obama out of office, yet who insists that Republican policies, rhetoric, and tactics are fundamentally different from what the Left has to offer.
Flashback to 2004:
Listen. If the main qualification most voters look for before casting their vote is that someone is *not* somebody else, then this election is probably going to go about as well for the GOP as the 2004 election went for John Edwards, Howard Dean, John Kerry, and all the other “not-Bush’s” who considered themselves shoe-ins against an unpopular Chief Executive.
Ironically, I seem to remember all the right-wing aficionados on talk shows and Facebook criticizing the Obama campaign for running on a “platform of change” four years ago. “‘Change’ is not a platform,” they said. I agree. But how is all the “anybody but Obama” rhetoric broadcast daily on Facebook and talk radio different in any way?
How long until we start seeing campaign slogans like this from Romney, Santorum, or Gingrich?
Maybe not long at all…
If you have a principled reason to vote for Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, or Rick Santorum, then please, by all means, do it! Just don’t vote for one of those guys as the “lesser of two evils” (i.e., still evil) or because of “electability” (which I’ll address in a more reasoned post soon).
“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” ~ John Quincy Adams