September 13, 2010
Think I'm going to endorse such people? Think again!
And it is my considered opinion that his opponent, Christine O'Donnell, also sucks. But maybe it's not PC to say that about a woman, so I need to stress that I don't mean that literally. From what I have read, she is an extreme social conservative with personal problems that will make her unelectable in the general election, and the consensus is that she has no chance of winning.
Still, I like the idea of derailing a RINO who is being shoved down the voters throats by an arrogant party establishment.
OTOH, I also like the idea of winning elections.
The case can be argued either way. I honestly don't know whether it would be better to hold my nose and vote for Castle, or hold my nose and vote for O'Donnell. Either way (if I lived in Delaware), it would mean holding my nose to vote for whichever Republican makes it onto the ballot.
Plus, Delaware is not my state. So, in balance I haven't weighed in on this stuff and I wouldn't have, but I think the idea of calling Mike Castle gay carries things too far. I wouldn't like the spreading of this rumor if it were true, because it evinces a clear attempt to appeal to the basest and most irrational prejudices of the voters.
That would be bad enough if Mike Castle were gay. But it seems beyond debate that Castle is not gay. So the attack on him for being gay is not merely grounded in anti-gay prejudice, it is dishonest.
For that cheap shot alone, O'Donnell deserves to lose.
The problem is that Castle does not deserve to win.
Delaware Republicans are faced with two awful candidates.
MORE: I cannot stress enough that I have been holding my nose and voting Republican for many years now in general elections. And I am sure I will continue to be some sort of loyal nose-holding Republican in the general elections in years to come.
What I find especially annoying here is that in order to vote for either Castle or O'Donnell I would have to hold my nose in order to vote in a primary election.
Sorry, but that is just unfair.
I know I can't control everything, but I wish there could be a rule against having to hold your nose when voting in primaries.
Having to hold your nose should be limited to general elections.
MORE: GayPatriot has an interesting take (and many damning links) about O'Donnell, and thinks she is a mistake.
The quality of a candidate matters. Just because someone is running as the conservative insurgent against a moderate from the party's establishment does not mean conservatives should rally 'round her banner.Commenter Fred Beloit offers the "What's Worse Razor" as a way to decide:
What's worse?I think that just as a good a case can be made that Castle is worse as can be made for the proposition that O'Donnell is worse (if for different reasons).
What annoys me the most about this is that there are many small-l libertarians in the Republican Party who don't like either candidate, but have so little say in the matter that they are being virtually disenfranchised.
UPDATE: O'Donnell won 53%-47%.
If I lived in Delaware I guess I would have to hold my nose and vote for her.
Democracy sucks, but I guess it beats the alternative.
posted by Eric on 09.13.10 at 09:00 PM
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