Tomorrow is election day, but I have already cast my ballot. I’m obviously one of the resident Republican partisans here on Peach Pundit, but I just wanted to share my thoughts on why I voted for both Governor Nathan Deal and David Perdue.
Georgia has shown to be a very pro-business state, a fact that has been shown time and time and time again. That’s a point of pride for our state, and I believe that points to the leadership of Governor Deal and our state’s legislature. That’s something to think about. I know our governor doesn’t single-handily create jobs or spread out seeds that magically make businesses pop up all over the state, but he helps set the tone of what sort of policies should be implemented.
I know there are a lot of self-identifying Republicans (both implicit and explicit…that includes folks who show up to county party meetings on a regular basis, participate in the convention process, and/or get elected as officers in the Republican Party at some level) who have said that they will vote for the Libertarian candidate for Governor for various reasons. That’s fine. That’s your choice. You have the freedom to make up your mind since whomever you vote for is between you, the voting machine, and God. I will say, however, that if we see tomorrow evening or Wednesday morning with the headline “Another Carter Heads To Governor’s Mansion”, then you can expect a lot of conservative legislation coming from the Republican legislature will arrive on a Governor Carter’s desk to arrive DOA. If you’re a self-identifying Republican who is contemplating voting for the Libertarian, then you will only have yourself to blame if this scenario comes to fruition.
I’ll be honest. I didn’t think David Perdue had a shot at winning the Republican primary. He is a man who hasn’t been in the Republican ranks until he declared that he was running for Senator Saxby Chambliss’ seat. He’s positioned himself as an “outsider”, so now we have an “outsider” v. “outsider” campaign. Soon, one of them will no longer be an outsider. Michelle Nunn has stated that she would vote for the best Democratic leader that she believes would best get the job done. That’s a bit ambiguous, but that leaves enough room to say that she believes, in her judgment, the best Democrat to lead is Harry Reid. The same Harry Reid who has refused to bring up a large number of House bills for a vote in the upper chamber. Will David Perdue vote for Mitch McConnell as leader when the next Congress convenes in January? I’m not sure, and there’s a possibility he will, but that may not be an absolutely horrendous thing that folks have been crying about. (see the Mitch-Rand bromance that has blossomed this election cycle). When it comes right down to it, I would bet that David Perdue would vote for conservative legislation more often than Michelle Nunn would. Can I guarantee it? No, but party identification is a start.
If Republicans fail to retain control of either the governor’s mansion or the US Senate seat, then you can expect the Democratic National Committee to be licking their lips in 2016. They’ll see the Peach State ripe and ready to pick as another southern state that they can put back into their blue basket. Elections have consequences, and having a Democratic governor and/or US Senator would certainly have some ramifications for Georgia’s political landscape in the future.
It’s your choice. I encourage you to choose to vote Republican on Tuesday.