Today is election day in Florida

The day has arrived where Republicans in Florida get to select their nominee for the office of President of the United States. This election season seems to have started years ago, or so it seems since it’s been non-stop politics since the mid-terms elections of 2006. I have been very wary of who would run. I wrote then that I was not happy with the direction of the Republican Party, away from its core principles of conservatism, and I’m still not. But, we have made our bed and we are sleeping in it, tossing and turning uncomfortably.
I don’t have a candidate that excites me and gives me hope for our party. I am involved because I fear that the alternative is so much worse than I can imagine, that not getting involved would be suicidal. I am sorry Fred dropped out of the race, and I am sorry that Rudy has faded. Despite my misgivings about Rudy’s liberal positions, I like him. And I “liked” Fred, too. And “like” is an important factor, that warm and fuzzy that a candidate gives you in addition to the positions you have in common. I don’t think I “like” any of the remaining candidates.
With that thought in mind I will go to polls in about ninety minutes and cast my vote for Mitt Romney. Of the remaining candidates he seems to be the one that echoes my core conservative principles the best. He’s not an ideal conservative by a long stretch, and he’s far from being an ideal candidate for me, but he’s the one that I feel will do the best job considering the alternative(s). His curriculum vitae, businessman (read: capitalist) and governor, at least tells me that he can manage large, complex organizations. The others don’t have this “real world in the trenches” experience, they are professional politicians. I am tempted to write in a vote for someone I would truly want to lead this country, but I swore to myself that I would never waste a vote again.
So there you have it. I am not happy about it but we make the best of what we have. If you are in Florida go out and vote. If you’re a Democrat, well I’m sorry to say your party doesn’t give a shit about you since the Dem delegates in Florida don’t count. But vote anyway. It’s your civic duty and the least we can do in this great country we live in.

6 thoughts on “Today is election day in Florida”

  1. I am in the same position as you are, Fred was my top choice followed by Rudy. However, I am casting my vote for Rudy, I do not care what the polls say or if Rudy has faded, he is still a candidate and I am voting for him.
    Rommey is my third choice, I’d take him over McCain in any case, but his flip-flopping on some issues really turns me off.

  2. George, why should I vote when it’s only 1/2 a vote. The Republican party refuses to seat any more than half the delegates at the convention. The only reason I’m voting today is for the amendment. I may leave my primary vote blank in protest of the delegate shorting.

  3. I am a Democrat and my party does care about me and I about them. I have been very busy campaigning with Bernardo Benes, Alfredo Duran and Magda Montiel Davis on behalf of our candidate Raul Martinez for Congress. I am so excited about it that I am going to write a column on his behalf in the Miami Herald and give a commentary on Radio Marti.

  4. McCain is doing better than he should in what is supposed to be a closed GOP primary. McCain is just not the kind of candidate Independents run up and register as Republican just to vote for. He’s doing *way* better than he should be in the polls. Which suggests maybe the polls have mis-sampled (again). In which case, who knows how it will turn out?

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