You know, not even six months ago, if you had told me that an Obama presidency would have been the worst thing ever, I would have agreed with you. I still think that he’s terrible for the country, and will through his saintly intentions make a righteous mess out of things, namely the economy.
While I still plan on voting for Johnny Mac, my concern with an Obama presidency was that he’d go all Jimmy Carter on us and that the Republican party doesn’t have another Ronald Reagan waiting to pick up the pieces left behind by four years of socialism and screwing with the economy.
I don’t think that any longer. I feel like with Republicans like Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, and others that the Republican party does have strong, young candidates waiting in the wings. The question then in my mind is whether or not having McCain lose to Obama would be disastrous enough to tell the Republican party to stop running these guys, and run someone who is actually a conservative.
Unfortunately, the problem with realizing that the conservatives actually have strong, charismatic potential candidates waiting is that it leads me back to my previous moral dilemma about voting for McCain. Since I’m in an election where I’m forced to pick the lesser of two evils, picking McCain leaves a foul taste in my mouth. Like many others, I’ll be at least half in the bag to have to actually punch the button for this guy. At the same time, I cannot in good conscience vote for Obama and sleep well that night – the best I could do in that situation is simply not vote for the president, and cast my ballot solely for other races.
Of course, I run into the problem of wondering if the US could actually take 4 years of Obama – we barely made it out of Jimmy Carter’s presidency from an economic standpoint, and with the battering that the dollar has taken I kind of wonder if we could actually make it. And that doesn’t even bring up the question of Supreme Court justices either. With only a 5-4 for a .38 revolver on Heller, the potential for Obama to appoint 1-3 justices to court scares the crap out of me.
So where does that leave me? Unfortunately, right back where I started. I think the deciding factor for me will ultimately come down to economics – whether or not I believe that the country could make it through 4 years of Obamanomics and socialist programs will be the final deciding factor on whether or not I vote for McCain.
The bright side of the issue is that if the Republicans lose and that loss is devastating, maybe, just maybe, the GOP will wake up and realize that they need to put Bobby Jindal or Sarah Palin or Mitch Daniels or someone other than the same old RINOs in the driver’s seat. Until then, I guess I’ll just keep having this debate with myself every election season.