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Wide White: Why I didn't vote Republican for governor

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Why I didn't vote Republican for governor

The St. Paul Pioneer Press was looking for someone who voted for Independent Party candidate Tom Horner for governor Tuesday night. Since that was me, I responded and was interviewed.

Here are the couple of lines they pulled out of the interview for the story that ran yesterday:
Joey White, 25, of Burnsville, considers himself a Republican but cast his vote for the IP candidate. "Horner had so many people lined up behind him saying, 'Yep, this is a balanced approach,'" White said.

"Emmer's only ideas were just cut, cut, cut Horner was able to find solutions that I think both sides of the aisle agreed with, and that was attractive to me."
Well, sort of.

When a 5-minute conversation is cut down to two sentences, you're not going to get much.

In short, Minnesota's biggest problem is the budget. It's a mess and needs to be fixed. Mark Dayton's proposal to raise taxes and inability to cut spending were a problem. Tom Emmer talked a lot about cutting taxes and cutting spending, but he said very little about what he would cut and what he did say didn't make much sense.

Horner was the only guy with a solution that included a combination of tax and spending proposals with cuts where needed and increases where needed. Horner was the only one whose proposals gained the support of independent groups and policy wonks across the board.

I knew Horner wouldn't win. The polling at the end made that obvious. Yet I don't consider my vote a throw-away vote.

My vote simply said that I thought Horner had the best solutions of the 3 candidates running. That's it, and that's really what a vote should say.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous declared,

Completely agree with your post. Unfortunately, it took a few years to see that it's more important (to me) to vote based on issue response/solutions vs. party name.


A. Katie

11/04/2010 7:57 AM  
Blogger watchman declared,

ANd all this time I thought you were a Christian...

Judging from the emails I have received in the last few days. God's interest in politics is decidedly biased:

If Democrats win - God is cursing America

If GOP wins - God is blessing America

Simple and totally Biblical.

11/04/2010 2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous declared,

Giving yourself a warm fuzzy by voting for who you want, even though you know they don't have an ice cube's chance in hell of winning, doesn't mean that your vote wasn't wasted...............I would argue it was wasted. It is similar to investing money or time in a company that all signs point to bankruptcy, but because you like the company for whatever reason you invest money or time into it any way..........was that money or time wasted when the company closes its doors and you are S.O.L.? That money or time could have been invested in a company that you may not entirely like, but it at least has a chance to be successful and give you a return of some kind, that may not give you a warm fuzzy, but it at least has sound logic. I would be curious to take a poll on the Horner supporters to see who they would have voted for it they were not allowed to vote for Horner. Maybe they would have voted for Dayton, or maybe for Emmer, I don't know, but there probably wouldn't be a recount going on. Voting based on warm fuzzies or emotion is how you get idiots like Jessie Venture, The Governator, Barrack Obama, or Mark Dayton elected. However, I will say this is what makes this country great!! We can vote for whoever we want for whatever reason we want, even if it doesn't make sense to the next person! Love this country!

11/05/2010 7:38 AM  
Blogger Joey declared,

@Anonymous, it would be great if you would actually say who you are like everyone else who comments here. I'm happy to have a discussion with someone who's willing to put their name on what they say.

I have no warm fuzzies, so feel free to lose the derogative tone. It's my opinion that neither of the major party candidates had a very good plan to fix our budget mess. You can disagree. Honestly, I've made the argument you're making in the past. I don't make that argument any longer. If the candidate has to have a chance to win in order for us to cast a vote for them, then everybody in Minneapolis should have been voting for Keith Ellison since Joel Demos didn't have a chance. I'm pretty sure you wouldn't have done that.

11/05/2010 10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous declared,

Joey, I just wrote in "Joey White for President!" on my ballott!!

DStew

11/06/2010 2:22 AM  
Blogger Joey declared,

Stupac! I'm running for dogcatcher next year. I hope I can count on your vote.

11/06/2010 2:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous declared,

it isn't called the "White House" for nothing!

Dstew

11/07/2010 7:28 AM  

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