Continuing my capsule round-up of news from state races, for those who want to know what’s going in the election, but not too much about what’s going on somewhere else:
In Arizona, the inexplicably tight Senate race between heroic military veteran Martha McSally and far-left, tutu-wearing, protest-leading, real agenda-hiding, Arizona voter-hating Kyrsten Sinema got a November surprise when Green Party candidate Angela Green (coincidence) dropped out and endorsed Sinema. Green has been pulling up to 6% in some polls, so that could have a big impact on the race, just as the Libertarian dropping out and endorsing the Republican could in Montana.
On the other hand, 60% of Arizona’s ballots have already been cast by mail, and Green’s name will remain on the ballot. It’s also always a mistake to think that without a third party candidate, supporters of the Libertarian will always vote Republican and Green Party supporters will always vote Democrat. There’s a reason why they support third parties with no chance of winning in tight races: it’s because they really don’t like what the major parties are doing.
When I hear Democrats still crying and moaning about how Green Party voters “cost” Al Gore the 2000 election (and yes, they still whine about it – whining is one thing they never get tired of), I roll my eyes at their assumption that without Ralph Nader on the ticket, all those people would have bothered to go to the polls and support Al Gore, as if he had a Divine right to their votes. If they’d wanted to see Gore elected, he was right there on the ballot: just punch his chad.
People who complain that someone else “threw away their vote” really mean, “You didn’t throw it my way!” I don’t think Libertarians are throwing away their votes in tight races, I just think they’re not making a very smart decision and implore them to rethink the ramifications of making the perfect the enemy of the good. The GOP platform might not be the Libertarian platform, but it’s a heck of a lot closer than the Big Brother-inspired, rights-crushing government micromanagement you’ll see if the Democrats get back in.
As for the Green Party voters: you don’t have to force yourself to vote for Kyrsten Sinema. You can vote for write-in candidate Jonathan B. Ringham of The Old Republic Party. His platform includes impeaching Trump, gun control, single payer health care, protecting abortion and legalizing marijuana. He sounds like a Green kinda guy! And I’ll bet he’s never called you “crazy” or referred to Arizona as a “meth lab” of a state when he thought no cameras were rolling.
Speaking of cameras, the campaign of Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum expressed regrets and cut ties with campaign aid Omar Smith, who was caught on a hidden camera by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas. Among other things, Smith was taped saying, “Gillum is a progressive. He’s part of the crazy, crazy, crazies.” And when asked how he will keep his promises, such as Medicare for all and higher teacher pay, Smith says he can’t, but “That’s not for (the voters) to know…Remember our saying: Modern-day fairy tales start with ‘Once I am elected…’”
I can see why the campaign regrets that being made public. However, I can’t help feeling a little sorry for Mr. Smith. I hate to see a man lose his job for telling the truth. Then again, he should’ve known that when you’re in the business of getting crazy, crazy “progressives” elected, that is a career-ending error.