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Saturday, October 21, 2006

How should you vote?

Most people don't realize that the primary is actually the most important election because that is where you can avoid the prospect of voting for a complete douchebag in the general election. But, after each party has selected its douchebag-du-jour, your strategy is simple. If you are a lefty, you should vote democrat no matter what. You should do this even if you are just barely a Democrat. And, if you are a conservative, you should vote for the Republican even if you are just barely a Republican.

You should ignore all Foley-esque scandals. They don't matter at all.

What matters is the control of the presidency, and the control of congress. After you have selected your candidate, you should not deviate unless you switch your political philosophy.

This is just advice, not an endorsement of any particular party. As a libertarian I vote in such a way as to create the highest likelihood of government gridlock, and do not focus on a party, but if you actually believe in a party and you are swayed by something as superficial as a sex scandal, then you probably shouldn't be voting.

You should also read this column by the great P.J. O'Rourke, which includes lines like:

President Bush said that if illegal immigrants want citizenship they'd have to do three things: pay taxes, hold meaningful jobs, and learn English. Bush doesn't meet those qualifications.


  • As a moderate, I also seem to like gridlock. Some is thoughtful, some is just disliking much of what is being done by whomever is in power.

    I also think that sometimes certain final nominees are particularly bad and need to be voted against. Really bad Presidents can screw up even nonpartisan aspects of government.

    By Blogger Scott H, at 6:31 PM  

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