The EFM Feature

I’m getting a lot of e-mails about the primaries tomorrow. They’re all interesting, particularly since I’m the only EFM-er who will be participating in one — my wife and I live in Virginia.
Some folks, including some of our most cherished supporters, argue that the way to go is to vote for Governor Romney anyway — even if that requires writing him in. That’s what a lot of folks did in Washington State, and according to the results I was sent, “Other” (meaning Governor Romney) won. But of course that’s not what the media said.
Others say the thing to do is to vote for Governor Huckabee — in order to force a brokered convention. That would mean a situation in which Senator McCain (along with the other candidates) failed to reach the threshold required for nomination, which is 1091 votes. Then there’d have to be some horse trading, and the theory is that a real conservative would win. If you Google around, you’ll be able to find lengthy arguments for this course of action on pro-Romney blogs.
Still others — including National Review‘s John J. Miller, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, evangelical leader Gary Bauer, and Ambassador John Bolton — have endorsed Senator McCain as the best remaining alternative for conservatives.
And then there’s the nuclear option, at least in open-primary states like Virginia: Participate in the Democratic primary. Some folks say we should vote for the candidate we think would be weaker in November; most seem to think that’s Senator Clinton. Others — whose memories of the 1990s must be keener — say it’s time to boot the Clintons from our national stage right now, and we should vote for Senator Obama. Personally, and after (I’ll admit) considering it, I agree with John Miller on this one: “[D]uring primary season, each party should play in its own sandbox. Anything else feels vaguely like a point-shaving scheme.”
So that leaves us with the first three options. I’ll be honest: I have an opinion on the matter, and my sweet wife and I will be wading through the hordes of Obama fans here in Alexandria tomorrow morning to vote for one of the above-mentioned Republicans. But I’m not going to say who it is here, nor am I going to urge you to use any of the strategies about which folks are e-mailing. And that’s not because your messages aren’t appreciated — it’s because this blog was dedicated to supporting Governor Romney, and with him out of the race, it’s just not appropriate for us to take a position as to what to do next. Not now, at least. It’s too soon after the suspension of Governor Romney’s campaign, and there are a number of avenues for good people like our readers to take at a time like this.
So that’s my advice tomorrow to fellow participants in the “Potomac Primary”: Vote your conscience. I’ll be doing the same. Try to figure out what’s best for America and do it — just as Governor Romney did last Thursday.
For whatever it’s worth, there you have it. And thanks for the e-mails.

About Charles Mitchell

EFM's resident Yankee, Charles Mitchell, works in the non-profit arena in his native Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Charissa, live near the state capital of Harrisburg with their daughter, Adeline, and are members of a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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