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  •  I will have to admit I give Richmond little (4+ / 0-)
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    thought except an occasional "sailor's cursing" of late. On the other hand, never have I sat out an election, in over 52 years, except when I was so far out there that my application for absentee ballot and any ballot sent couldn't catch up (monthly mail has its problems and I had mail that caught up two and three months later).

    There are a few things we activists need to keep pounding upon:

    1) Every election is important. That is when those local officials that can mess with voting get in. That is when a career such as the Cooch can be DOA or take on "incumbency advantage" to our later regret.

    2) Every vote counts, as your example shows and that August election that put the Cooch on his path to statewide office shows.

    3) It usually isn't a matter of the "best." We rarely get, and rarely will, get the best. All we can do is kill the careers of the worst and always try to get the better. Anyone sitting out because Deeds or McAuliffe isn't their cup of tea will get McDonnell or Cuccinelli and "punishment" of the public, teaching them a lesson, in doing so is too damned costly as well as ineffective.

    I'll have to admit, when I see someone here saying they will sit out such an election (as I did in 2009) to "teach a lesson" or because Deeds didn't turn them on as someone aiding the opposition's agenda (a fucking useless, silly political dilettante idiot without enough common sense to be taken seriously).

    Voting can be a pleasant task such as voting for Obama and seeing a win. It is also a necessary housekeeping function such as flushing the toilet to keep the crap out. I wish we had more pleasant tasks, but in those 52+ years I have to say most of my votes have been of the flushing kind. I cannot count the times my choice has been between awful and dismal, but making a choice count is necessary.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 10:10:28 PM PST

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