Monday, March 27, 2006
Very Few Objections to This Blogs Stand on Topinka
Far more people supported this blogs recommendation to leave the governor category blank rather than vote for Judy Baar Topinkato keep the Illinois GOP out of Combine hands with her lossbut there was some support for voting for Rod Blagojevich. Frankly, leaving the space blank or voting for Blagojevich is of little difference to me so long as Topinka isnt elected by passive Republican voters. Her readiness to defeat Peter Fitzgerald, based on her steadfast refusal as State GOP Chairman to support his reelection was the final straw. Her disingenuousness and duplicity cannot be rationalized or defended.
This is the first time in more than fifty years with political experience in two states that this writer has determined not to vote for governor, cognizant that his refusal to support the Republican candidate could in some small measure help the Democratic incumbentbut he has no twinges of guilt about that. In fact, he has voted for Democratic gubernatorial candidates before. He voted for Democrats Michael Howlett and Adlai Stevemson III over Jim Thompson, votes that have turned out rather well in the review of Illinois history. In 1998 he voted for Democrat Glenn Poshard, the distinctly better candidate when compared to George Ryan. Earlier, after having voted for primary opponents to Governor Edgar and lost, he voted for Edgar in the general electionan easy choice particularly when Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch and Attorney General Neil Hartigan were involved.
It is fair to say that this blog could have voted for Ron Gidwitz in the general election because his views on social liberalism are not passionate and could easily be balanced against his signal virtues, such as his determination to bring the budget and spending into line and his willingness to serve one term if necessary, risking voter alienation to get good things done. It could have voted for Bill Brady in the general albeit with diminished enthusiasm because of his strange assaults on fellow conservative Jim Oberweis rather than Topinka or Gidwitzbut could have voted for him anyhow, given what it perceivedand still perceive, it believes and hopesare his views.
There was at least one hostile rejoinder in Readers Comments to the decision to leave the category openthat from a strong 2nd amendment supporter named Tom who said that it is folly to regard the future of the Republican party over the future of gun rights. The respondent obviously feels that gun rights are to be valued over other issues including life or Topinkas treacherous attack on Peter Fitzgerald. But this blog thinks he should recognize that by sacrificing the Republican party in a vote for one who, history shows, cannot be trusted for telling the truth, would be distinctly the wrong choice to make.