I'm still torn about what to do when I vote in the primary. I've come to the conclusion that I can't vote for McCain or Huckabee, for vastly different reasons. On some things Ron Paul is absolutely right, but on many he's stark raving mad. (And let's not even get started on his supporters.)
What does that leave? Well, it leaves Mitt Romney. Based on the campaign positions he's taken, he'd be the logical choice. The problem is, I'm very unsure any of this is believable. Joe Carter pretty fairly sums up my concerns with Mitt.
I have no idea if Fred Thompson is still on the ballot in Oklahoma. If he is, that's how I'm voting.That seems the best way to show my utter disgust to the party regarding the choices they've offered me. If not, I don't know. My recollection is that Oklahoma doesn't allow write-in votes, so maybe I'll vote Mitt.
While I'm by no means as convinced as Joe that McCain has this thing in the bag, that seems to be how things are running. What will I do if he wins the nomination? No idea. McCain is simply not acceptable to me. Joe shows one of my concerns here:
I'll admit that I'm troubled by the idea of a McCain presidency. He still seems to me to be a cross between Conan and Charles Foster Kane: A fascinatingly flawed and haunted man whose main goal in life is to crush his enemies and see them driven before him.
Beyond that, though, there are so many constitutional and conservative principles that he's willing to turn on if they suit his purpose that he simply can't be trusted outside the national security arena. At this point, I seriously doubt I could vote for the man in the general election, regardless of who he's facing. If he does ultimately get my vote, it won't be with any enthusiasm.
None of that's to say that I'd vote for Hillary or Obama. I sure wouldn't mind a legitimate conservative 3rd party candidate with a chance of winning right now. (Like that's going to happen. Third party runs can work at the state level, but winning at the national level without a party apparatus rivaling the major parties doesn't seem plausible.)
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