Let the party demonstrate some
The Republican Party want me as a conservative to hold my nose and vote for the Republican nominee. Their arguments are unpersuasive: Abortion, civil liberties, shrinking government, fiscal responsibility, economic policy – except for the rhetoric, it just doesn’t seem to make much tangible difference who is in the White House. This is even more the case if it’s a liberal establishment Republican from Massachusetts.
Who the president appoints to the Supreme Court makes some difference, but with the Senate evenly split, and the inherent unpredictability about what the appointee will do after she’s confirmed, and the boot-licking eagerness of the Republicans to sit at the cool kids’ table with the liberal establishment, who knows how much difference it makes?
The only half-way persuasive argument is that the press won’t provide any oversight if the president is a Democrat. Even so, I’m still not convinced the press wouldn’t take it easy on a Romney administration. If you like Romney, vote for Romney, for whatever good that will do. I don’t think he’s a bad guy. He’ll probably do less harm than four more years of Obama. It just makes too little difference to get excited about. We can drive over the cliff at 60 with the Democrats, or at 30 with the Republicans. If the Republicans what me to care, let them give me a reason to care.
What I really wish is that Ron Paul’s supporters could get their (expressed) wish and have him elected, without the rest of us having to live with the result. But of course we would all have to live with the result; anyway if it looked like he had a serious chance his support would collapse, because he’s nuts and his supporters know it. It’s safe and satisfying to cheer for Ron when he has no chance of actually winning the election. Like Ralph Nader he’s a great stick to beat the pols with, but if too many people take him seriously his support will collapse. Vote for him if you want, but I’d rather have James Marshall. They say he can’t win either.