The state where I now live, Virginia, has its presidential primary on Tuesday, joining nine other states in a delegate extravaganza that constitutes Super Tuesday. As I’ve complained earlier, the only candidates to get their act together so as to come up with enough names on petitions to get on the ballot here in the state that has provided more presidents than any other are Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.
Now I wasn’t going to vote at all, since, as I have also complained, the state Republican party was going to try to keep Democrats from voting in this open primary by requiring a loyalty oath, making voters promise to cast their ballot for the Republican nominee in the general election no matter what. I oppose that on principle. But, I’m happy to report, the loyalty oath will not be required after all. So I feel my patriotic duty to cast my vote.
But for whom? Another of my numerous complaints has been with the Republican field as a whole. I’m uncertain anyway, but now I only have two choices. Write-ins are forbidden by law and will not be counted. So should I vote for Romney or Paul? The Mormon or the Libertarian? Which is the lesser of two evils or the greater of two goods?
I am very much open to persuasion and I will take your recommendations very seriously. Who knows? A number of these primary elections have been ridiculously close, and my vote may tip the balance to one candidate or another, which in turn may have national implications!
So who shall it be? Mitt Romney or Ron Paul?