I don’t know if I buy the polling that says conservative voters are going to sit out Election Day. But if it’s true, it’s got to be the most illogical, irrational, knee-jerk reaction I think I’ve ever heard. And conservatives are supposed to be the opposite of illogical, irrational, and knee-jerk. If conservatism is what you want, why in God’s green earth would you choose an action that would bring about a result that would foment the antithesis of what you’re trying to achieve?
Can you answer this for me, people?
And don’t even try the “we have to punish them for not being the conservative party we’ve demanded” excuse. Folks, if you sit out November 7th, you won’t be punishing the Republican lawmakers who pissed you off. You’ll be thrusting a high tax, soft on terror, impeach Bush & Cheney, cut and run agenda on all Americans because you didn’t get all of what you wanted.
Sounds pretty selfish to me.
Tony Blankley isn’t too pleased either:
Here are some telltale signs of the sort of person who would vote (or not vote) to cause the election of a party that would act to defeat every value and interest he holds dear (merely because the party that will at least try to advance most of those issues has not done as well as he might have hoped):
1) When offered by a car dealer 25 percent off on a car, he insists on paying the full factory-recommended retail sticker price — because he is damned if he will accept 25 percent when he deserves 30 percent off.
2) When the prettiest cheerleader asks the nerd to take her to the prom, he turns her down — just because he can.
3) When stopped for doing 70 in a 65 zone, he tells the trooper that’s not possible because he had the cruise control set on 90 — he just resents being falsely charged.
4) When diagnosed with a serious illness, he promptly cancels his medical insurance — in order to save the cost of premium payments to help pay for the upcoming hospital stay.
A conservative would have to be just that stupid to stay home on Nov. 7. I have heard it put around that the Republicans need a couple of years in the wilderness to regain their conservative bearings.
While turning over the Congress to the Pelosi/Kennedy mob for even two years would be recklessly irresponsible — particularly during a dangerous war– there is no assurance the wilderness years would last only 24 months.
Moreover, every Democrat who beats a Republican in three weeks will have two years to feather his or her nest, and use the powers of incumbency to defeat his 2008 Republican challenger.
Even more important, in a closely fought 2008 presidential election, every extra Democratic incumbent senator, congressman and governor makes it just a little more likely that the Democratic presidential candidate may win that district or state. All those freshly tuned new Democratic machines will help get out Democratic Party votes for the top of their 2008 ticket.
This current conservative petulance — if it actually occurs on Nov. 7 — will increase the chances of electing Hillary, or worse (if such a thing is possible) in 2008.
There is no rational policy or political basis for conservatives not voting. I’m not sure the country can take the current Democratic mob in power for long.
A realist once observed that the history of mankind is little more than the triumph of the heartless over the mindless.
The Democrats are obviously heartless. Conservatives must guard against falling into the category of the mindless. Ignore your heartfelt peevements, use your brains and vote.
Lorie adds: Preach on, Kim! Update: Here are a couple of GOP voters that were going to sit it out until the Democrats reached a bit too far on Foley and a few other issues.