Dispirited though I am by the "choices" (and by the lack of coverage the few real choices receive -- Rupert Boneham exempted), it would be unfair (or at least unsporting) to pass by the poor ol' dead windmill without tilting at it a little.
My favorite contest is a de-selection of State Supreme Court Justices. Two of them are on the bubble and there's a way to send a very clear message: Justice Robert Rucker wrote a strong dissent to the dreadful majority decision that claimed a police "right" to enter your home on any grounds -- or none at all -- and denied your right to resist. Conversely, Justice Steven H. David wrote the decision itself, and defended it by saying you could always sue for redress. Justice Rucker should be retained; Justice David should be sent home. With a note from the electorate explaining that he has been a Very Bad Boy.
Then there are the other contests -- for Governor, the current front-runner is the urbane $DEITY-botherer Mike Pence who, sly nods and winks to his fellow-worshippers aside, is reasonably good when it comes to minding the till. If he can manage to avoid the temptation to get into spats over wanting to redecorate the promenade deck in Social-Conservative purple and instead focus on keeping the Titani- er, Indiana afloat, he can do very well. His folksy-college-president Democat opponent, John "Walrus" Gregg, seems to have been put on the ticket to fail gracefully; he's actually not a bad fellow but his running mate is a classic Carrie Nation, pinch-faced with certainty that she knows what's best for you and brooking no refusal to comply; she should be kept as far away from public office as possible, if you ask me. In third place and with his own sort of grace is the forementioned Rupert Boneham, 1860s beard and all. He's my sentimental favorite.
Elsewhere, there's the nationally-famous Mourdock/Donnelly race. For all the unfavorable attention Mourdock has received, Mr. Donnelly has an actual pro-life voting record. Both men (and Libertarian stalwart Andrew Horning) are actually decent enough, all of them look good on Bill of Rights issues...and one of them is sure vote against throwing out the Federal health care mess, which is why I'm not voting for Joe Donnelly. Mr. Mourdock seems to have a positively Agnewtonian gift for foot-in-mouth and any reporter covering the political beat ought to be rooting for him as a steady source of easy stories.
Then we have Representative Andre Carson, a bit worried now his district has been moved slightly south. A very personable man who dislikes me 'cos I am pale and blue-eyed, and he's a bonafide member of the hereditary ruling class. He's up against Republican Carlos May; Carlos may but it is unlikely. I no longer get to throw my vote away here; I've got a new wastebasket, the Scott Reske (D)/Susan Brooks (R)/Chard Reid (LP) set-to. That's a Marine vs. a U.S. Attorney vs. a Libertarian. The NRA -- shock, horror! -- likes Mr. Reske.
In Indiana, the .gov wants you to have a cribsheet (or scorecard). If you're wondering who you can vote against -- or, unlikely though it may be, for -- all you have to do is use the handy "Who's On Your Ballot?" website.
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