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July 31, 2011



I just listened to this Sunday's program on podcast, and wanted to add one more thought to something Greg said. One of the first callers asked Greg about voting - whether we should vote for candidate A or B (or no one, or some third party) if neither one is purely in our camp on some particular issue, e.g. pro-life. Greg gave the example of a previous California Republican candidate who was not strongly pro-life, but did oppose partial birth abortion, and many Christian voters stayed home, ultimately helping the Democratic candidate who was worse on the issue.

That's a powerful point, but I would go further. Given the way congress is divided up along party lines, whether or not the House or Senate is controlled by Republicans or Democrats is extremely important. Say, for instance, I am extremely interested in gun rights, but I live in a relatively more liberal district where both the Republican and Democrat are given low marks by the NRA. Or, on the other hand, maybe I live in a very rural district where both candidates are relatively strong on gun rights. Regardless of my particular representative, whether John Boehner or Nancy Pelosi is Speaker of the House is going to have a huge impact on what legislation is voted on in regards to gun rights or gun control. So even if the particular Democrat in my district was relatively pro-gun, it would be wiser for me to vote for the Republican (or, if I were more in favor of gun control, I would want to go the other way).

Or to take another example, say I strongly agree with the ideals expressed by the Tea Party movement, but I live in a state where the Republican Senatorial candidate is not all that strong on those ideals. Well, if the Republicans control the Senate, someone like Jim Demint, who strongly agrees with those ideals, is going to plan an important role (holding key committee chairmanships, shaping laws, etc), but if the Democrats control the Senate, he'll have a much reduced role.

So anyway, if my particular district's candidate is not ideal (I'm excluding the possibility that we've got someone truly evil as a candidate), I should also consider the party they will help come to control the House or Senate.

Anyway, just an additional thought. BTW, this says nothing to oppose a vigorous debate in the primary, to try and get my preferred candidate to be the ultimate nominee, even if that means opposing an incumbent. When it comes to November, though, it just makes sense to consider the party as much as the individual.

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