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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Maybe I should have done more?

    By jgillmanjr, Section News
    Posted on Fri Jan 21, 2011 at 05:02:18 PM EST
    Tags: Libertarian, Democrat, Republican (all tags)

    Originally posted at RRFAAE - Yes, it's back!

    One of the things I just love is when some clown on a conservative site starts shooting off his mouth (well, his fingers I guess) at someone who says they are going to vote, or voted for a Libertarian candidate. They usually say one of two things: That they are wasting their vote, or that they're helping the Dem candidate.

    During the course of the Gubernatorial race, I, as well as a few others, essentially said "Why vote for Democrat-lite when you can vote for the real thing?". I subsequently voted for Ken Proctor, the LP candidate. It was a combination of "I'm pretty sure Snyder is going to win" and "Even if he doesn't, it probably wasn't going to be much worse".

    After the State of the State address, it seems that not only was I right, but that I should have done more. I had the opportunity to do an interview with Ken, but didn't get around to doing it (I was living in Mt. Pleasant at the time). Right Michigan may not be the be-all and end-all of Michigan conservative politics, but I'm sitting here, wondering if putting an interview transcription might have made some kind of a difference.

    Indeed, there are some concerns that even I have in regards to how the Libertarians want to handle the issues of defense and immigration, but I think that will be easier than having RINOs and Dem's getting their crap together.

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    My $0.02. (none / 0) (#1)
    by KG One on Fri Jan 21, 2011 at 05:59:11 PM EST
    Coulda. Woulda. Shoulda.

    Hindsight is always 20/20 in these situations.

    The main thing here is to learn from our mistakes and apply those lessons towards how we act in the future in similar situations.

    You could not persuade me to vote Proctor (none / 0) (#2)
    by Rougman on Fri Jan 21, 2011 at 09:15:40 PM EST
    because I did anyway.

    Having said that I admit that it was a protest vote.  My humble opinion is that we conservatives have little hope within the libertarian party though we do share a vast majority of their principles on economics and freedom.

    We conservatives have only one hope and that is to take back the GOP from dyed-in-the-wool big government types who truly believe that an overseeing benevolent government can provide all the answers for its subjects.

    Once Mike Cox (by far the best choice) and Pete Hoekstra (a distant and somewhat distasteful second choice) were knocked out in the primary, conservatives had no horse left in the race.

    Could you have done more? (none / 0) (#4)
    by Corinthian Scales on Sat Jan 22, 2011 at 11:14:38 AM EST
    I honestly don't believe so.  Yes, when casting votes last November, I held my nose and launched my protest vote along with a mix of 22,432 Libertarian Party faithful and protest voting others for Ken Proctor.  The problem I have with the Libertarian Party is their 1970's Liberal birth that hasn't evolved.  They're a make up of End the War flower children and thrifty Burn a Fatty hippies.  Now, was my vote 'tossed away' even though Proctor garnished merely a .7% election result?  For me, no.  My conscience is clean and I rest easy at night knowing in my heart that I didn't aid the Corporate Snake that bought his way to the Governors Office through wooing Dimocrats in the Primary and personally funding the bulk of his campaign.  Take away the $6+ million that Snyder pulled from his own pocket and run the campaign again.  Betchyah we see differing results.  At minimum, the Yob crew would've had to work a little harder with less.

    And for the life of me, how the press was able to spin that any CEO, Snyder in this case, isn't a politician is a feat that Houdini was be amazed at.  Over the 20 years at multinational, multibillion FoMoCo in the department that I worked in, every damned one of 'em, from Peterson to Mulally, were and are vipers in their own right and style.  They didn't get to the top of the corporate ladder by accident.  CEO's are your friends till you're not deemed an asset.  An old expression that used to float through the halls of Oakwood and Military was, "You're only as good as your last atta boy."  That was no bullsh!t.  Populism, quarterly results and some smoke and mirrors when the bottom line comes around.  Expect Snyder to govern the same way and pray that the legislature is listening to their constituents.

    Look, when it comes down to it, many folk simply vote Party and that is blindly throwing a dart at a ballot, in my opinion.  In a perfect world, that Party vote would be eliminated for the lazy herd and the GOP Primary would be closed too.

    Just my take, for what it's worth...

    3rd party candiates (none / 0) (#5)
    by steve on Sat Jan 22, 2011 at 04:15:40 PM EST
    While I liked a lot of third-party candidates stand for, most of the third party candidates in Michigan really did not do much to get their message out.

    I watch the news closer than the average person and I didn't see hardly a peep from them.

    Most of the candidates had an outdated web site or a rarely updated FB page. Seriously, how hard is it to reach out to the conservative blog-o-sphere to help get the word out.

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