I’ll go vote in a few minutes as soon as I finish this cup of coffee. I have some interesting choices on the Republican primary ballot here in Carroll County, a red county in a blue state. Many of our local elected officials are Republicans, and I tend to vote to keep those who are doing a good job. But the statewide and federal offices on the ballot present interesting challenges.
It’s rare for a Republican to win a statewide election, but we’ve had a RINO governor for the past eight years. Larry Hogan is retiring. He initially got nominated as the most conservative candidate who could win the general election. I’m not sure who that would be today, but I’m reasonably sure it isn’t the candidate endorsed by Donald Trump because Trump’s endorsement will be seen as a negative in the purple areas of the state. I’m still puzzling on which of the other candidates might be viable statewide.
My home address had been gerrymandered into the 8th (Jamie Raskin) congressional district. Redistricting has put me in the 2nd (Dutch Ruppersberger). It appears that I’ve been moved from one safe Democrat district to another.
I’m almost done with this cup of coffee. I’d better go vote.
As a Republican in Maryland, I have an interesting set of choices and non-choices in this year’s Presidential primary and general election. My vote in the Maryland primary might make a difference. The primary is at the end of April and is winner take all. My vote could make a difference in who gets the 38 delegates which could, in turn, help determine the nominee.
After that, I’m probably done. Oh, I’ll vote for President in the general election, but I don’t believe that it will make any difference. Maryland is one of the bluest states. The last Republican to carry the state was George H. W. Bush during the blowout against Dukakis, and it will take that kind of lopsided election for a Republican win in the state this year. If the election is close enough for my vote to count in Maryland, the Republican will probably have over 400 electoral votes from other states.
I haven’t yet decided who to vote for in the primary, but I have decided to vote against several of the candidates. First on that list is Donald Trump. I’m looking for a conservative, but he’s an unprincipled populist. Both the physicians running seem like smart guys, but Ben Carson isn’t ready for prime time (yet), and Rand Paul’s seems better suited to the Senate than the White House. Two Bushes are enough, thank you. Kasich is too much of a RINO for my taste. And none of the undercard candidate seem to have election-winning traction (which disappoints me in Fiorina’s case). That leaves Christie, Rubio, and Cruz—each with his own set of defects. I’ve got three months to make up my mind.
National Review Online has an editorial up in opposition to Newt Gingrich’s candidacy for the Republican nomination for President. In the same piece they also advise against supporting Gov. Perry. There aren’t many more choices in the field.
As for me, I intend to follow William F. Buckley, Jr.’s, Rule that a Republican should support “the most conservative candidate who is electable.” I wish I knew who he was.
UPDATE—Allahpundit muses on the the possible meaning and effect of the NRO editorial here. His post includes a video analysis of the Republican field by an experienced politician.
UPDATE 2—Jonah Goldberg has his say.