This editorial wrote itself because I responded with this to a friend of mine. That person said that although they were voting on Tuesday, they would not be voting for their Democratic candidate for the Senate because they much preferred the candidate whom that person defeated in the Democratic primary.
Okay, I get that it is very, very possible that we might well prefer a different Democratic candidate than the one who happens to be running on Tuesday. I’m sure that even doubles if that person running happens to be one of the old guard, old farts, and very likely male, who are still the rule, and not the exception in both Houses of Congress.
But I told this person to compare the Democratic candidate who is running to the Republican candidate who is running as well. I had little doubt that when comparing those two, my friend would find themselves in probably 95% agreement with the Democrat over the Republican.
Plus, I asked what if the Republican candidate for the Senate wins in their state? That could be the difference in Trump retaining control of the Senate.
Does anyone really want to potentially be responsible for that?
Now is NOT the time for either voting for a Republican or for not voting for either the Republican or the Democrat. The result is exactly the same. The only thing that matters at this point in time is for the Democrats to take control of at least the House and then the Senate too if that is at all possible.
The Democratic primary is the place to cast your vote for your specific preference for which Democrat you want to win. But once someone wins the primary, at this point in time, we cannot afford to have a protest vote.
Look what happened when many Bernie supporters sat out 2016.
Well, they didn’t get Hillary all right.
BUT LOOK WHAT THE HELL WE GOT INSTEAD !!!
It would be great for there to come a time once again when we might actually choose someone from the Republican side because we truly feel that they would be a better representative in Congress. But we sure as Hell are not at that point today.
If you may also be thinking of making a protest vote, or a non-vote, on Tuesday …
PLEASE, rethink your decision.
If you have to, hold your damn nose … but vote for the Democrat in this election. Even better, if your spouse, or a friend, is thinking the same as you, hold their damn nose as well, if you have to, but convince them to cast their vote for the Democrat, too.
I wish the Hell all those old farts were out of Congress as well and replaced in large part by predominantly younger women and minorities. Pelosi sure isn’t my choice to be Speaker again. Hopefully, once the Democrats have control of the House, another option will present itself and perhaps Pelosi will actually do the right thing. But I would damn sure rather have Pelosi as Speaker than Kevin McCarthy!
I’ll take a wild guess and assume that a lot of the people who may be reading this editorial are also TV fans of Madam Secretary. If you are, did you happen to see and hear the talk that Elizabeth McCord gave to her daughter Allison at the end of the episode a few weeks ago? She very eloquently made much the same point that I just did. TV reality … yes. But when making plain, good sense, it doesn’t matter where it originates.
Granted, Elizabeth is making the main point that not voting at all is not an option, and I most certainly hope that all of you have either voted already, or will be voting on Tuesday.
But the point about voting for the person whom you at least absolutely prefer over the other one, even if you don’t agree with everything about the person, is right on point.
MAKE IT HAPPEN.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE.