At this point in the campaigns we all pretty much know where our preferred candidates stand on issues that mean the most to us as individuals. You know whether you and your candidate are in sync. I have no problem saying I’m in sync with Ted Cruz on the issues. But for me it’s more than just the issues this time. My vote will be cast for [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] because of my absolute and utter loathing for [mc_name name=”Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”M000355″ ]. A protest vote. A protest against one of my own kind, supposedly.
For awhile [mc_name name=”Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)” chamber=”house” mcid=”P000197″ ]was the opposition. She and Senate cohort [mc_name name=”Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”R000146″ ] still don’t rank high in my book. But I’m honest enough to recognize they are fighting for their beliefs and values as much as I am fighting for mine. True, theirs are misguided but that’s a subject for another day.
The reason I view McConnell with greater contempt is because I’ve seen how some good candidates won their seats and once they were in McConnell’s clutches they lost their way. Remember the high hopes conservatives had for [mc_name name=”Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”A000368″ ]. True she came from a blue state, but still she ran to the right of her current record.
McConnell is already telling you who you can’t vote for in the upcoming Senate elections. In a story up at The Hill he warns of nominating Tea Party candidates and vows “We will not nominate anybody for the United States Senate on the Republican side who’s not appealing to a general-election audience” .
What about the Presidential race. Here again, McConnell really doesn’t want to go with the conservatives. “We’d like to have a nominee who can carry purple states because unless the nominee for president can carry purple states, he’s not going to get elected.” The Hill characterizes it as a “veiled shot” against Cruz, Donald Trump and Ben Carson.
While I do support and align with [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] on the issues I also plan to vote for him as a protest vote. In protest of Mitch McConnell. I’m tired of someone manipulating who I can vote for. Worse, I’m tired of people I thought were good conservatives only to see them twisted in the McConnell machine. Falling for promises like choice committee assignments, campaign money or future votes on pet projects.
[mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ] will vote with McConnell only and if it is the right thing to do. Not because McConnell wants it or has bargained with democrats. He has faced the McConnell machine, he knows when McConnell is manipulative, and he won’t be swayed.
A vote for Cruz, is a vote against McConnell.