Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Friday, October 27, 2006

Here’s a question

Are you disgusted with the Republican Party or your Republican representative? That is if your Representative or Senator is up for reelection. I keep hearing in the news how the Democrats might very well take over both Houses in November because there is such discontent with Congress and the President. But, is this general discontent, or specific? Personally, I am disappointed with many of the decisions being made in Washington, but I am still going to go out and vote next month, and I am going to be voting for my Republican Representative and my Republican Senator.
I can’t help but wonder how many people are like me. There is disappointment but the votes are still going to be the same. I have a feeling that any feel the same way, and the Democratic takeover is not a guaranteed as predicted.


Blogger Oncorhynchus Mykiss said...

I will strongly concur. As an independent who normally votes democratic or independant, I am not fooled by this contstant doomsday feeling the press and even the republicans are putting out. I have no idea where that comes from, and although I am sure that there are truly some moderates out there who may swing one way or the other, I have not met a single republican who plans on either not voting republican OR even not voting due to discontent. I don't know how good a barometer my own acquaintences are, but if they are any indication, I do not see this huge democratic takeover everyone is predicting. Now--I also do not think that the republicans will be able to neccesarily claim victory because there are several key races they will lose, but not across the board.

And I know you love Allen Pub, but think back to the slim lead Kaine took into election day, and it was enough for a very decisive victory. Allen is going to lose. I have never seen a more motivated base than the Jim Webb people. Allen's folks are strong and determined, but I am telling conservative southwestern VA Roanoke city and Roanoke County, Webb has far more support than Kaine had. I dont like George Allen, but I also don't know Jim Webb so I am personally a little nervous about it. But Webb would win if elected today. Disagree if you'd like, but NOVa is effected the political landscape of Virginia in a big way.

Fri Oct 27, 01:49:00 PM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

We've got an entrenched Republican as our rep in the House. He's actually pretty good on some issues, especially the environment, and our state teachers' union has told us to vote for him.

I'm voting against him. Time for a change.

But, you probably weren't asking me anyway.

Fri Oct 27, 07:13:00 PM  
Blogger Wadical said...

Are there really that many "fence straddlers" who would jump ship, sell out, and vote for the opposite party? I find that perplexing, indeed quite befuddling....that there would be that many people who stand for nothing and would abandon key, "meat and potatoes" issues that separate the two parties. I've always seen it as voting for the lesser of two evils. I'm not to thrilled about having to vote for Charlie Crist (R) for governor of my great state (FL). But I'm certainly not going to vote for Jim Davis (D) because I don't like Crist! How can anybody be that wishy washy?

Sat Oct 28, 09:42:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

QD, why would you vote against someone who is doing a good job though? It is the President and the Pentagon that are in charge of the war, not Congress. But how do you feel about Ford in Tennessee who supports the war but is a Democrat?

Sat Oct 28, 04:56:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

MyKiss, just another example of who NOVA is ruining Virginia. I still think Allen will win and I think he should win. I have nothing against Webb, and I appreciate his service to the country, but he simply lacks any political experience to be a US Senator.

Sat Oct 28, 04:58:00 PM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

Saxton is good on some issues, as I said, but just because my union endorses him doesn't mean I will vote for him. Some of us think for ourselves. He marches in lock-step with Bush on the war. And we need a change.

Besides, his opponent doesn't have a prayer of defeating him.

Ford? Can't stand him. He wants to be all things to all people, and in the end, is not much for nobody. What a weenie. But if I lived in Tennessee, where I doubt there's a liberal third party option, I'd have to vote for him. Mainly because his opponent is worse, as evidenced by the racist ads run against Ford by the RNC's shadow group.

Sat Oct 28, 11:15:00 PM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

I can't vote for Allen, no way, no how. I can see going with "the devil you know" Publius, but at the same time, if they're disappointing you now, why in the world, if you re-elect them would they stop disappointing you? Re-electing them says, "I like what you're doing." If the worst they can come up with on Webb is inexperience and he wrote dirty stuff in his books (oh my!) I'll take my chances with Webb. At least he seems to be a regular guy, and not some slicked up guy who shows up and just says he's a regular guy.

Mon Oct 30, 11:17:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

QD, I don’t know much about Ford other than the fact that he seems more like a Republican on a lot of issues than I am. I do like the fact that he is a Democrat who doesn’t think that those who believe in God are somehow ignorant or blind followers, and he reminds me more of an old-school Democrat. But, what is the point of electing a Republican just because he has a “D” after his name?

Tue Oct 31, 04:44:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Rogue, like I said, I think Webb is most likely a good man and I appreciate his service to the country, but he just doesn’t have any experience. A Mr. Smith Goes to Washington type of person is nice in the movies, but I would rather have someone who knows what they are doing. And, I agree with Allen’s voting on social issues.

Tue Oct 31, 04:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Republicans are NOT perfect, but they are the best party around, at this juncture in history.

As a teacher in L.A., the California Teachers Union and our local (United Teachers of L.A.) are 'suggesting' that we teachers vote for Phil Angelides. In fact, they are using OUR dues money to back his losing campaign.

Yes, Phil Angelides is a loser, and it was at HIS rally that another loser - John Kerry - made his despicable comments yesterday about our troops in Iraq.

Angelides want's to legalize Same Sex Marriage in California, just as the State of Massachusettes has done. Oh, right...Kerry IS the Senator from Massachusettes. Many teachers are confused as to why their Union backs a candidate that wants to legalize Same Sex Marriage. Oh, right. It's because the CTA ALSO wants to legalize Same Sex Marriage!

Oh yes, and why would the CTA financially back Angelides, who is LOSING in double digits behind The Governator? Oh, now I remember...because the CTA financially backed John Kerry in his campaign against Dubya. Is it because they both back Same Sex Marriage, or is it because they are both NOT Republicans? This reminds me of the old 'which came first the chicken or the egg' debate...

Whichever, whatever, the CTA obviously wants to press forward on the Same Sex Marriage agenda by backing, not ONE, but TWO candidates who are unashamedly FOR the legalizing of Same Sex Marriage.

As a result, I will once again vote Republican. It's just too bad that my dues money is going towards issues and candidates which have nothing to do with public school children, classroom teachers, or my conservative values.

I venture to say that the CTA would financially back ANYONE who is NOT a Republican even though nearly half of the California teachers who they say they represent - are.

Even though it's a HUGE waste of teachers dues money, its comforting to know that the union CAN NOT or WILL EVER BE ABLE to influence the elections of radical left wing Democrat liberals, JUST because they have the funds.

Go G.O.P.!

Wed Nov 01, 11:51:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Anon, I have some knowledge of teacher’s unions, and I think that they like labor unions, spend too much of their dues on politics when they should be spending the money on those they intend to support.

Thu Nov 02, 12:14:00 AM  
Blogger Alec said...

So Anon, you will vote for the Republican candidate for governor who endorses all the rights of marriage for same-sex couples, but wants either the courts or the people, through the initiative system, to decide whether marriage per se will be reserved to heterosexual couples? Because in CA, that is the best you get.

I will not be voting in CA for this election, although by 2008 I will probably switch registration. Still, I have nothing against the current governor (after all, his mandate was overwhelmingly rejected in 2005). But he's socially liberal and fiscally moderate; I would not have a problem casting a vote for him. My question is, as a social conservative, why is it that you are so happy to vote for him? He has indicated, after all, that he has no problem with the CA Supreme Court deciding the marriage issue, and he opposes any state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. He is pro-choice. I doubt he is religious. So...?

Mon Nov 06, 04:14:00 AM  

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