Tarry for the Nonce

October 30, 2006

Some Dismal Choices to Make

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 3:05 pm

Because this is the issue I care most about and I know some of you do too . . .

The Illinois Citizens for Life publishes General Election Information for the upcoming November election.

I love this group and the information they publish. It makes voting pretty easy for me.

Since neither candidate for governor is pro-life and there is little else redeeming in their political outlooks, I refuse to vote for either Topinka or Blagojevich. I haven’t figured out yet whether it is more worthwhile for me to bolster the Green Party numbers or abstain from voting for governor altogether. Does anyone know which would make more of an impact in the stats?

I am also voting quite enthusiastically for Peter Roskam. Ironically, Tammy Duckworth’s flyers convinced me to do so. She sent a stream of mailers bemoaning the fact that “Roskam doesn’t support abortion!” and “Roskam doesn’t support embryonic stem cell research!”

She convinced me. Roskam it shall be. With gusto.



  1. If you can’t find a candidate you like, skip that part of the ballot. No matter what you’ve heard, you are under no moral obligation to vote in every race.

    And for pete’s sake, don’t go adding your vote to the Greens. There’s enough nitwits running for office without you encouraging more.

    Comment by Toly — October 30, 2006 @ 6:57 pm

  2. Vote for the Green or someone else. The big problem with candidates that lack anything to get your blood moving, is that the two major parties are not worried about anyone else. They put anyone up there and they could be a dead stick and people will most likely not vote at all, leaving the election to the die hards who will vote party line no matter what. Vote for who you feel is the best no matter what party they are. If the major parties see that the third parties hauled down thirty percent of the vote, it will cause them to perk up and find better candidates. You might think you are throwing away your vote, but not voting is the only way you truely throw it away. You can’t count zero.

    Comment by Rob — October 31, 2006 @ 2:38 am

  3. There aren’t any other political issues in the office of governor that you’d like to have a vote on?

    Comment by Howard — November 1, 2006 @ 4:32 pm

  4. Not in this case. Her policies are too similar to Blagojevich’s to make much of a difference.

    Comment by laura — November 1, 2006 @ 5:32 pm

  5. I don’t like Topinka, but I know that four more years of Blago – as likely as that appears – will be worse. You have to look at it from the party standpoint as well, or, rather, the running mate. Birkett has done alright in his political career so far, I’d argue. Why’s he running with Topinka, ah, that’s the time to speak of strange bedfellows. Anyway, the Republican party in this state is a weak entity, but a better one than the Dems, in my opinion.

    Comment by Mueller — November 1, 2006 @ 8:18 pm

  6. Also, Laura, you have to keep in mind who the governor names to various boards across the state, the state judiciary, etc. I think Topinka, if for no other reason than because she’ll owe conservatives some favors if she gets elected, could nominate or place some good people in some key spots. That certainly won’t happen with the other guy…

    Comment by Mueller — November 1, 2006 @ 8:21 pm

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