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Voting: Party Affiliation Or 'Best Person' Method?

Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:25 pm

Reading through various threads here, and after a really interesting discussion last night with some friends, it seems that there are two types of voters:

1. Those who will vote based on party, no matter who the candidate is.
2. Those who will vote based on who they think the best person for the job is, no matter what party they represent.

I would have to say I'm in the latter group; I'm not one for party lines really even though I'm a conservative individual. It just makes more sense to me to vote for who I think will do the better job (which in this election's case will be the best out of a really bad bunch) than to 'vote Republican no matter who it is' or 'vote Democrat no matter who it is'.

Which are you and why?
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RE: Voting: Party Affiliation Or 'Best Person' Method?

Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:28 pm

It is really an easy question. I always vote for the best viable candidate. I am not going to vote for Ralph Nader or write in Dennis Kucinich out of principle, but I am not going to vote for Joe Lieberman over Richard Riordan or Lincoln Chafee simply because of party affiliation.
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RE: Voting: Party Affiliation Or 'Best Person' Method?

Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:30 pm



Quoting IFEMaster (Thread starter):
Which are you and why?

I'm number 2. I used to jump on the bandwagon in 2002 and I learned a bitter lesson from it. Now when I go to an election, I choose the lesser of all evils who I believe can make the job better than the others, though I admit that my vote will always be against socialists/populists (e.g. against the Linkspartei in Germany and against populist candidates in Costa Rica who are keen on afiliating themselves with a certain dictator from the Southern Cone).
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RE: Voting: Party Affiliation Or 'Best Person' Method?

Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:31 pm



Quoting N1120A (Reply 1):
I always vote for the best viable candidate.

Is that best viable candidate no matter what party, or best viable candidate within your party preference?
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RE: Voting: Party Affiliation Or 'Best Person' Method?

Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:33 pm



Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 3):

Is that best viable candidate no matter what party, or best viable candidate within your party preference?

I guess you didn't read the rest of the post, so here it is again  Wink

Quoting N1120A (Reply 1):
I am not going to vote for Ralph Nader or write in Dennis Kucinich out of principle, but I am not going to vote for Joe Lieberman over Richard Riordan or Lincoln Chafee simply because of party affiliation.

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RE: Voting: Party Affiliation Or 'Best Person' Method?

Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:34 pm



Quoting N1120A (Reply 4):
I guess you didn't read the rest of the post, so here it is again

Oops. Cheers. I did read it, but it's Monday morning.

Thank goodness elections are on Mondays.
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RE: Voting: Party Affiliation Or 'Best Person' Method?

Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:37 pm



Quoting N1120A (Reply 4):

I guess you didn't read the rest of the post, so here it is again

He's slow but trainable . . .  duck 

If you vote beased solely on party affiliation - well, thank you for voting . . . but WTF are you thinking!?

Vote for the best person for the job . . .
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RE: Voting: Party Affiliation Or 'Best Person' Method?

Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:39 pm

These days it's pretty much become a vote for the 'lesser of the evils', and that's how I'll vote this year. Since I share Republican views on certain issues, and Democratic views on others, it's pretty much a weighing of which issues mean more to me, then sacrificing my views on other issues.

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RE: Voting: Party Affiliation Or 'Best Person' Method?

Mon Feb 04, 2008 7:39 pm

Registered Democrat here, but will always vote for who I think is the best. Usually the lesser of two evils (and regardless of party).
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Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:08 pm



Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 6):
He's slow but trainable . . .

 rotfl  Hey now! I already said...

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 5):
I did read it, but it's Monday morning.

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RE: Voting: Party Affiliation Or 'Best Person' Method?

Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:18 pm

Voting along party lines is foolish and shows a lack of thought.

I used to be an idiot, but woke up one day and saw how useless political parties are and started voting for the person I saw fit. I've voted for Republicans, Democrats and one Libertarian.
 
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RE: Voting: Party Affiliation Or 'Best Person' Method?

Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:30 pm

I vote for the party whose leader I like the best, although sometimes in the Canadian system that means voting for a real idiot at the riding level. Such is life though, I'd rather have an idiot representing my riding federally than having someone I don't like being PM.

Case in point last election where the Liberal candidate running in my riding is terrific, a real community guy whose been around forever, however, the leader of his party Stephane Dion isn't the man I'd like running the country. So I voted for the Conservative candidate who, in my opinion wasn't really taking a stand on anything, because he was representative of Stephen Harper who I did want to win.
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RE: Voting: Party Affiliation Or 'Best Person' Method?

Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:33 pm



Quoting IFEMaster (Thread starter):
2. Those who will vote based on who they think the best person for the job is, no matter what party they represent.

With something coming dangerously close to uniformity amongst British political parties, I am going to have to go with the latter; if on a national scale they're all going to do much the same thing (even if they do it in different ways), it might pay dividends to vote for the candidate who promises the most for his constituency. A brief example: the constituency I live in, Oxford East. Despite the local reaction to the war in Iraq (Oxford East is a multicultural and left-leaning area), and despite support for it from Andrew Smith (Labour) MP, a very good track record in local involvement (very regular "surgeries", remaining committed to the community despite the call of higher offices within Blair's government, etc) was arguably what managed to save him (just) from a defeat by the Lib Dems in this area.

I would consider voting for someone who had a good level of commitment to getting local issues heard, with obvious conditions based on the acceptability of the party's policy (not loyalty).
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RE: Voting: Party Affiliation Or 'Best Person' Method?

Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:34 pm

Quoting IFEMaster (Thread starter):
Reading through various threads here, and after a really interesting discussion last night with some friends, it seems that there are two types of voters:

1. Those who will vote based on party, no matter who the candidate is.
2. Those who will vote based on who they think the best person for the job is, no matter what party they represent.

Let's not kid ourselves. Far more people fall under Option 1 then will admit it. They may say "Yea, I'll pick the best canddiate", but the great majority of the time, these "best candidates" are going be in the same party each election cycle. Very few voters will admit to being a "straight ticket", even if they are.

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RE: Voting: Party Affiliation Or 'Best Person' Met

Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:49 pm

Party affiliations in my country means nothing. . . unless you're an ideologue communist, you'll probably switch party affiliation dozens of times in your career.

I would vote for someone who I think will do the best job, even if he/she doesn't win. Without giving your own voice a vote politicians will never listen/change.

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RE: Voting: Party Affiliation Or 'Best Person' Method?

Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:58 pm



Quoting IFEMaster (Thread starter):
Which are you and why?

I'll take number 2 off the menu.

It frustrates me to no end when people claim that their particular party has all the answers, and the other party is to blame for everything that is wrong. A few of these people even claim to be "open minded."  boggled 

Of the current contenders for President, I've only eliminated one candidate so far.
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RE: Voting: Party Affiliation Or 'Best Person' Method?

Mon Feb 04, 2008 11:03 pm

2. But they always are from the same party. With me being as ultra-liberal as I am, there's no way I could ever vote for a republican.

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RE: Voting: Party Affiliation Or 'Best Person' Method?

Mon Feb 04, 2008 11:34 pm



Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 15):
Of the current contenders for President, I've only eliminated one candidate so far.

Isn't diversity beautiful? Big grin Of the current contenders for President, I've eliminated all of them. None of them are fit for the job. However, as it stands, I'm going to have to vote for one of them. So in that respect, I'm likely to be one of the 'none of the above' chumps at the primaries, but in November there will be an X by, hopefully, one of the two names that I think are the 'least worst' of the bunch.
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