But the incumbents like it just fine, thank you…
By Jack E. Lohman
So here we have it. Some really smart politicians twisted the rules to make cross-party voting illegal. In the primary we must vote for candidates in one party or the other, but not a selection from both.
It’s a terrible idea. I prefer an open primary.
I’d like to vote for the least-worst candidate in both the Senate and House races. But if one is a Republican and the other a Democrat, the rules say I can’t do that. That essentially robs me of my right to vote in one of the races. This is a lawsuit waiting to happen.
Yes, I can see that someone might cross-vote to elevate only the worst candidates in the opposing party, but that will be offset by the evil-doers on the opposing side. That is even possible with the current rules, but it is not justification for restrictions on voting or warping the system. It looks to be just more incumbent protection.
In 2008 I least-wanted to see Hillary Clinton as president, so I voted for Obama in the primary (now regrettably). But I also wanted to vote for Jim Burkee over Jim Sensenbrenner, knowing he was the better candidate. But Obama was a Democrat and he was a Republican and I couldn’t do that.
Burkee got only 20% of the Republican votes as a result of a lot of Republicans voting for Obama, and I’m sure F. Jim liked that just fine. Burkee could have won otherwise.
One thing that would satisfy both sides of the argument is Instant Runoff Voting for all offices. That would allow every voter to vote for three or more candidates, ranked by order of choice. If their first choice fails to win, their vote is transferred to their second choice, and so forth until one candidate gets 50%+1 vote. And it’s all computerized and automated, so it happens instantaneously.
Too simple for politicians to understand? No, it’s too fair because it would level the playing field for even third-parties, and fair is the last thing politicians want. But this year it may indeed be critical with all of the anti-incumbent rhetoric.
This is a clear “party control” thingy, all when the parties themselves are corrupt as hell and should be eliminated rather than coddled. I can only hope for another lawsuit or prosecution for the conspiracy it is.
So, now I’m inclined to vote for the most-worst party candidate in the primary and an independent in the November election. These are the games we have to play to outsmart the incumbents.