A few years ago, one of our neighbors was visited by her elderly mother. When this ‘Southern to the tip of her toes’ mother and I met one day at the mailboxes on the street, she expressed great indignation at a phone call she had just received.
“This man wanted to know which presidential candidate I would be voting for,” she sputtered. “I told him that in this country we have secret ballots and I would no more share my vote with him than answer the door in my slip.”
While I do appreciate her passion on the subject, I am going to share how I voted in yesterday’s primary, and my reasoning, with you. After all, you are hardly strangers.
As I wrote a few months ago, my first decision when we moved to a new, deeply Blue state, was whether to register as a Democrat or Republican. I chose Republican, but that does mean that in yesterday’s primary I had no say in who will almost inevitably be the next mayor of the city or input into the city council. For that reason, many of my deeply conservative neighbors and friends register as Democrats.
Registering Republican, however, does mean that I voted in the Republican primary. Having admired Ted Cruz for years, my decision should have been simple. And in the end, despite my disappointment in how he has handled his campaign, it was. I do believe that the senator is the only one of the four top candidates from both parties who both knows the Constitution and would consider himself bound to uphold it. My concerns about him revolve around his ability to win the election, not his character.
I usually only listen to talk radio while I’m driving, which means not very often or for very long. I happened to hear the interchange between Sean Hannity and Ted Cruz that received so much attention. I cringed at Cruz’s reply to Hannity’s question about people feeling confused about how delegates are pledged. Cruz erupted with a diatribe against Donald Trump rather than using the opportunity to embrace potential voters who may have heard Trump’s claims of stolen elections and truly been confused by, what in reality is, a very confusing system. It was a missed opportunity to educate while presenting himself as approachable and warm rather than angry and whining.
Nevertheless, for the reason stated above, I voted for him. He, of course, lost badly. Whether his announcement of Carly Fiorina as running mate will make a difference or not remains to be seen. The results of the east coast Tuesday primaries weren’t a surprise. Pretty much everything else this primary season has been.