I’m sure I blogged about it somewhere, but I can’t find the post or posts regarding my decisions on election day 2008. I was thoroughly disgusted with the Republicans at that point, and had said several times that I might just vote for the top ticket on the ballot (even though I knew by then Senator McCain (R-AZ) wasn’t going to win), and then turn in my ballot.
In the end, I did just that. I didn’t feel that any of the down ballot Republicans deserved my vote. This was probably a disservice to a few of the folks running for local spots, but as I live in the 2nd most conservative district in the entire country, it probably didn’t make any difference.
This year it’s a little easier.
Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN) is not up for re-election. Thank God. I’d really hate voting for him.
Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) has retired. Dan Coats (R) is running for his spot, and I’ll be voting for him. Coats would not have been my first choice, and in some ways, I’d rather have Bayh (the old Bayh or the new Bayh, not the one that was trying to get the VP spot in 2008 and shifted dramatically to the left). But Coats is at least someone I can vote for without holding my nose.
Congressman Dan Burton (R-IN-06) is running for re-election. I can’t stand him. I voted against him in the primary. Burton was one of the lucky ones this primary season. He escaped the Tea Party wrath because too many people were out to get him. There were about 7 different people on the ballot and they all got votes. If there’d just been two, no way is Dan Burton on the ballot in November. I’ve been really pushing hard for the Republicans to take back the House, and I’d feel like a hypocrite if I didn’t vote for my own Republican Congressman, so I will do so. I will hold my nose, but I will vote for him. Hopefully we can replace him in 2012.
I’m still mulling over most of the other down ballot races, but I will be doing my part to help the GOP retake the House and the Senate.
In 23 days you can too. Watch out for the flood.