The media is saturated with reports of impending doom for the Republicans. This news is greeted with “they deserve to lose” by a number of Conservatives less than thrilled with their party’s performance in office. Some bloggers have gone so far as to start writing “pre-mortems” on what went wrong for the GOP in the November elections.
Here in Georgia, while things look good for the GOP, some are still planning to protest what they consider the steaming pile of you-know-what by voting Libertarian or just staying home.
I told you of conversations I’ve had with some disguntled GOPers. Furthermore, with Garrett Hayes polling at between 3% and 9% (he received 2.3% of the vote in 2002), it’s clear to me this discontent is not just an issue for the National Republicans, but Georgia Republicans as well.
Some have put forward the idea that it’s best for Republicans to lose now in order to win later. This is ludicrous.
Captain Ed says it well:
Elections are about choices. Responsible voters have to recognize not just their rights, but also their responsibilities. A vote for a Democrat is a vote for their caucus control and all of the policies that will bring, which is responsible if you support those policies and that particular candidate. (I’ve voted for a handful of Democrats before, although none lately.) If that vote gets cast for the purpose of scolding Republicans, that’s not just irresponsible, it’s a waste. Parties do not necessarily improve by being cast out of power — and if one wants to see an example, just look at the Democrats today compared to the Democrats in 1994 in terms of policy and tone. Sitting out in a fit of pique is even less responsible; it just allows the voter to feel vindicated that their non-choice alleviates them from any blame for what follows afterward.
I realize some Republicans are thinking of voting Libertarian and then supporting Perdue in a runoff. As I stated in the comments on this thread I think that’s a risky tactic for Republicans to take. If you want to vote Libertarian because you support Hayes’ issues then by all means do so, but to vote for Hayes to protest Sonny fits in with Captain Ed’s comments above.