Contesting Control

Got back from the polls a few hours ago. I voted Democrat this primary season, and I probably will vote Democrat in the primary as long as I live in Travis County. Pretending that a Republican stands a chance here (unless the Democrat is a complete idiot and doesn't pay off his supporters) is to engage in wishful thinking.

So I voted in the Democrat primary, in an attempt to unseat as many incumbents as I could (not that it was very effective, it turns out) and because I would really like to see Obama face off against McCain. I think that might be a debate (if they finally do a debate this season) that would be worth watching. Especially if Ron Paul shows up as a third party candidate.

But what about voting for Ron Paul, aren't I a supporter? The way I see it, there was more to be gained in throwing a vote behind Obama in an effort to shut out Hillary, than there was in voting for Ron Paul (sorry Dr. Paul) The wife won't vote Democrat, so she cast the Republican vote this time. But Ron Paul is never going to win. He's never going to win because the average voter knows he's never going to win, and the average voter only votes for winners (just ask them, they'll tell you) It's not because he's too honest, which is an excuse I've heard a number of times. It's not because he's too much on the fringe (the opinion of Jeff Ward, and many, many others) aligned with anarchists, whatever. The majority of the American population votes for who they think will win. A self fulfilling prophecy if I've ever heard one.

If we want to see a change in this country stemming from the ballot box, we're going to have to convince the majority of voters that change is possible. In the meantime, there's always Downsize DC.

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