Driving to work today I was listening to talk radio, as I always do, and I heard a very disturbing conversation. Many of the Republican callers were saying that they were going to "crossover" their vote to alter the Democratic vote. Their belief is that Hillary will be easier to beat, and therefore, they want to give her the advantage. This just didn't sit well with me, and I will tell you two reasons why.
1. Our Vote is Too Important to Waste!
Millions of Americans have bled and died to give us the right to vote, and to throw it away just to screw with our opponents outcome is a slap in their face. Every vote counts. If your guy didn't make it to now, and you are mad, then vote to show your support to your party. Remember, if you vote Democrat in the primary you can't vote for the Republicans who deserve and need your vote. There are many great Republicans running who face stiff competition, and if you vote in the Democratic primary these great Republicans won't get your vote.
2. The Democrats Deserve to Have Their Candidate!
Even though we despise the Democrat's platform and the candidates who represent that platform, Deomcrats still deserve to have the candidate they choose. Imagine if the shoe was turned, and Republicans were in a close race, and the Democrats believed they could beat one candidate easier than the other. Would we want Democrats secretly voting to undermine our choice? We must remember that at the end of the day we are all Americans, and we deserve to have our candidates. To mess with that in order to cause chaos in the other party is borderline treasonous.
If the Republicans are afraid of losing to the Democrats in the general election, if a certain candidate is elected, then perhaps the real effort should have been spent on choosing the right candidate instead of trying to foil the Democrats.
Choosing a candidate for any race should not be something Americans take lightly. If the field of hopefuls does not fulfill our ideal, then we should find the person who will, and encourage them to run. The Republicans are in the position they are in, because they spent the last 3 months voting for candidates they believed could beat Hillary. In February of last year, I warned in a blog, that choosing a candidate based on their ability to beat Hillary was a bad idea. I also asked the question, "What happens if we choose a candidate to beat Hillary, and Hillary is not the nominee?" Well, we are about to find out. Short of a miracle in Texas and Ohio, Hillary will more than likely be out of the race tonight. This realization has many Texas Republican voters asking if McCain can beat Obama, and the ones that aren't so sure are our "crossover" voters.
I only pray that many Republicans use this primary season to learn a very impotant lesson. Republicans are best served if we recruit the most charasmatic and deeply conservative individuals to be our candidates. History has shown, that only these characteristics prove to be winners for Republicans.