There was a time when I happily voted for Maria Cantwell for US Senator. Then she went and voted for Bush’s catastrophic adventure in the Persian Gulf.
Now, at some point in the past three years, had she come out and said, “Y’know, a lot of people got fooled into supporting that war, and I was one of them”, it’s quite possible that she would have gotten my vote again this year. The fact that she has failed to do so had me looking at other possibilities; the fact that, just this week, she attempted to buy off her opponents (and partially succeeded) sealed the deal.
I am now officially hoping for a Lamont v. Lieberman situation, which means my primary vote will be going to Hong Tran. Aside from agreeing with her positions on just about everything, I like the fact that she refused to be bought. (Oh, by the way, Mark Wilson, I hope that $8,000 per month for the remainder of what I sincerely hope will be a short campaign for you was worth pissing away whatever hopes you may have had for a political career after this election cycle, because from now on you are The Boy Who Can Be Purchased.)
Should Tran not prevail in the primary, I will do something I swore I’d never do after the 2000 election: I will vote Green. As a former member of the Black Panthers, Aaron Green doesn’t really stand much of a chance of winning, but I’ll be fucked if I vote Cantwell again. Her actions become more and more Republican with each passing day.
Frankly, I am sick and tired of voting for candidates simply because of their party affiliation; more often than not, I feel like I’m voting against the other candidate than I am for the one who gets my vote. No more. No more appeasement, no more bullshit, no more “Republican Lite is better than the full-on Republican”. As my friend Dana would say, fuck that with a brick.