October 16, 2006

Obligatory November Election Post - UPDATED

I pretty much agree with Glenn Reynolds: The Republicans deserve to lose, but the Democrats don't deserve to win. What's a dead-center guy like me supposed to do when neither of our sorry political parties are worth putting or keeping in office?

In my case I can make it easy on myself and fall back on my default option, the Democrats. I could make it difficult by painstakingly figuring out which party sucks slightly less, but I won't. The default option it is. I'm voting straight Democrat next month. The Republicans are in charge of all branches of government. And if neither party deserves to be in charge then they can cancel each other out. Enjoy the coming stalemate, boys and girls of the Congress. You've earned it.

My liberal friends will be happy to know I'm voting for their party. My conservative friends will be happy to know I'm doing it without enthusiasm.

UPDATE: P.J. O'Rourke flays the GOP alive at the Weekly Standard.

UPDATE: A handful of people in the comments have decided to write me off because I'm not going to vote for their party next month. I fail to see why this makes any difference since this is not a domestic politics blog. But whatever. It isn't my problem.

I'm a moderate and a centrist. That means I get flak from both sides. The upside is that I can vote for either party whenever I feel like it without any sense of obligation or betrayal. If the Democrats controlled the entire government right now I would probably vote for Republicans. If Nancy Pelosi lived in my district I would almost certainly vote for her opponent. If I were a Democratic Congressman I would absolutely choose Harold Ford (D-Tennessee) over her as the party leader. But I can't do these things. They are not options. My local Democratic candidates are reasonable and deserve to be re-elected. They'll win, too, because they get support from local Republicans as well as from Democrats and Independents.

Anyway, there are plenty of partisan right-wing blogs around if that's what you require. I don't know of many partisan right-wing bloggers who plan to visit Lebanon, Afghanistan, and Algeria any time soon, though.

UPDATE: Armed Liberal says both the Democrats and the Republicans deserve to lose. Indeed, they both do. And the only way both can lose is if neither controls all three branches of government.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at October 16, 2006 10:30 AM
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