Monday, June 11, 2007

Why Not Vote for Generic Republicans?

I don't know about you, but I get numerous requests for campaign contributions. Even John McCain wants my support (translation: dollars). I get phone calls from the Republican National Committee, the College Republicans, The Republican Senatorial Alliance (or something like that), all asking me to contribute because the Republicans are better than Hillary.

That strikes me as the same type argument that the Democrats used in 2004: "We're not George Bush". The recent cloture vote on gave me at least seven reasons to not support generic Republicans and ten possible reasons to like the Democrats. Of course, one might argue that some of the Democrat votes were for other reasons, but I think Boxer knows that her constituents will really be upset if amnesty carries. Maybe "Sheets" Byrd is just a bigot. That still leaves eight good Democrats.

In case you missed the link above, here are the Republicans who favor amnesty:

Graham (R-SC)
Hagel (R-NE)
Lugar (R-IN)
Martinez (R-FL)
McCain (R-AZ)
Specter (R-PA)
Voinovich (R-OH)

Here are the Democrats who helped keep the amendment from coming to a vote:
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Byrd (D-WV)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Landrieu (D-LA)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Pryor (D-AR)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Tester (D-MT)
Webb (D-VA)
Call or write and thank them.

3 comments:

camojack said...

Why Not Vote for Generic Republicans?

Oh, lots of reasons...this being just one of them.

Hawkeye® said...

Rick,
I have a tendency to vote "across the board" for Republicans. Since I live in New Jersey, it hardly makes a difference except at the local level. I suppose however, if I was represented by a bunch of RINOs, I'd be looking for alternatives. Most of the time, we can only choose between the lesser of two evils. Genuinely good candidates are hard to find.

(:D) Best regards...

Pat'sRick© said...

Hawkeye,
I usually do also, but at the local level it works fine. My two senators (Shelby - former Democrat, and Sessions) are generally right on the money (in my opinion) on the issues. My Representative (Everett) also has a good conservative voting record.
And of course, Bush was a better choice than Kerry. However, now I wonder about the 2008 election.