Wally Wonders Why No editor, no publisher, you get what you get

August 8, 2012

Low Voter Turnout

Yes, low voters as well as many Republicans turned out for yesterday’s primary election.  Sorry, couldn’t help myself.  Seriously though, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to predict that there would be exceptionally low voter turnout.  Heck, I could have predicted it.  We had all the makings of an almost non-election, election.

First, we had sunny warm weather leading up to election day

Secondly, there were no important trigger issues like coal, gay marriage, red-light cameras, or state income tax

Next, the non-partisan races featured names that nobody recognizes and they can’t even fall back on party affiliation to help with decisions.  Flip-a-coin or don’t even bother to draw a line even if you completed the rest of your ballot.  Sorry Judicial races just aren’t exciting.

And finally, in representative races where candidates could declare party preference there was really only one viable conservative and one viable liberal candidate in each race,  so vote or not vote, it was pretty easy to guess which two people would advance to the general election.  And if you could already guess who would move on, then what was there to motivate anyone to fill out their ballot, let alone turn it in.

So really, at this point there is very little at stake as the ballots are counted in this election.  And as predicted turnout is very low at around 30% and no surprises are to be found.  In fact even writing this post about the primary is almost boring me to tears, and I would assume the same for you the reader so I’ve included this little clip to brighten things up before closing.

November will be quite different because we Americans will be choosing to retain our American way of life or trading away our success for a few empty promises and dismal socialist future.  That question alone will drive candidate races and that question alone will be the reason I predict we will have exceptional voter turnout come this fall.

March 3, 2012

Mitt Romney favored in Washington State

Rick Santorum was the favorite in our precinct today and from what I hear the favorite of Whatcom County. However, at this mornings caucus I put forward Mitt Romney as my favored candidate just as I had done in 2008.  In 2008 our precinct went to Ron Paul, the State went to John McCain if I remember correctly and Mitt Romney went no where.  So this time around I was very excited about the statewide results. 

BELLEVUE, Wash., – Mitt Romney breezed to an easy victory in the Washington state Republican presidential caucuses on Saturday, US media projected, as he gained another momentum boost heading into next week’s crucial "Super Tuesday" contests in 10 states.

With about 58 percent of votes counted in the non-binding straw poll, Romney had 36 percent support, followed by US Representative Ron Paul at 25 percent, former US Senator Rick Santorum at 24 percent and former US House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich at 11 percent.

I appreciate the very conservative values of Rick Santorum, but with Mitt Romney we get equally impressive conservative values and a more stately mature presence. Throw in Mitt Romney’s proven executive experience in both public and private sectors and I think he is a win win win for our nation. 

Elect Romney 2012

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