Earlier this evening I wrote a response to a post over at Smash Mouth Politics (damn right I do, why don't you?) regarding the upcoming mid-terms, and what Tea Party conservative vs. RNC/RINO vs. DNC/ Fiberal really means. I thought that the two or three of you reading this blog might be interested in my thought, so here they are.
I support the choice of the truly Conservative candidate - but not at all costs. It is becoming time we profoundly consider every situation, sometimes considering each race in different light. For instance, I would always prefer the Conservative candidate over a RINO. But if the choice becomes a pretty conservative RINO against an Obamaniac, then to me it becomes an entirely different issue…
Let’s use a California race I recently dissected as an example. We have Barbara Boxer (take her, Please!) being challenged by Carly Fiorina, Chuck Devore and Tom Campbell. My first choice, ideologically, is Chuck Devore and I continue to support him toward the GOP primary. I consider Carly to be closer to RINO - the most moderate of the three choices. So if by chance Carly wins the GOP nod, would I vote for Carly against Boxer? Damn right I will.
As we approach the mid-term elections, we have a responsibility to inject pragmatism into voter education. It is short-sighted of us to consider a vote for every RINO as analagous to a vote for the Fiberal. And I don’t think it’s dishonorable to admit this. We need to recognize there are two primary objectives this election: regain traction for Conservative values, and defeat Obamaniacs. In the Blogosphere, we want to embrace out ideology at all costs - that's not a bad thing. But when it comes to putting our voice to work in real-world application, let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater. We should not allow a single Fiberal to backdoor into another term in office because we help divide the vote.
In the end (IMHO) we need to – at all costs – defeat the Obamaniacs. I am willing to embrace and support a candidate who is closer to Conservative ideals (even if technically a RINO) to achieve that end. To me, that’s not the best win – but a win nevertheless.
Just this man’s opinion – YMMV.