In the most recent Gilbert Magazine, Dale Ahlquist, he of seemingly infinite Chestertonian knowledge, wrote an editorial entitled, "Why I won't vote for Mitt Romney."
I was intrigued.
I can think of many reasons not to vote for Romney, and I was curious to see if his reasons jibed with ones that had occurred to me.
He threw a curve ball - sort of.
Ahlquist talked about his experience as a lobbyist in 1996 and witnessing the Republican machine in operation determining the 2000 nominee. He saw the same process in operation this time around.
So he views Romney as a product of the party machine, and not the real choice of the voters.
Okay, I can see that.
He also alluded to some of the reasons why I will not vote for Romney. The Republican Party tends to pay lip service to social values such as the pro-life position on abortion, but once it suckers in the social conservatives it fails to deliver. Even worse for folks in my neck of the woods (New York) many of our local Republican Party elected officials and candidates would be Democrats in most other states. Heck, I'm currently represented by a Catholic Republican Congressman who supports abortion!
The Republican Party is really about money, he contends, and I agree. Big Business, as he puts it. Of course, the alternative is Big Government (that other major party).
And, to be honest, given Romney's track record, I still don't know how sincere he is on the issues that are important to me - like the Right to Life.
Where I might stray from Ahlquist's position is that Romney is still slightly better that Obama on some significant issues, and if I had to chose, and if I lived in a state where my vote might actually count, I would reluctantly vote for him. Romney is more likely to change some policies, and to chose judges who might be more reasonable. I think. I hope.
Of course, because of the Electoral College, my vote in New York doesn't matter. This state will give its Electoral votes to Obama no matter what happens in the next few months - unless they indict him, and even then he still might carry the state.
So I don't have to vote for either of the machine-chosen major party candidates. I hear Santa Claus is running. Hmm.....
But if I lived in a state like Ohio, I'd consider voting for Romney - sorry Dale. I don't want to see four more years of anti-life, anti-faith policies.
Ahlquist says he will vote for neither Obama nor Romney, concluding: "I will not play this game anymore."
I understand where he's coming from.
I'm just not there yet.