Tom -- you make good points about strategic primary selection. I just hate to see Bill Gibbons pay the price for something that has nothing to do with the merits of his own primary.
Wintermute -- I shouldn't cross over because I'm already on the good side. :)
For the record, I am not a Cohen "supporter." The context of the question was IF I were a voter in the Democrat primary forced to choose between two bad options.
Thankfully I am not, will not, and won't ever be voting in a Democrat primary. To the contrary, I think Republicans need to vote in the Republican primary in order to give fair consideration to all of gubernatorial candidates who will be on the ballot at that same time. Indeed, I'd hate to see Bill Gibbons at a competitive disadvantage simply due to the happenstance of the race being on the same ballot as a popular Democrat primary.
Win, lose, or draw -- our gubernatorial candidates need to rise or fall based on the merits of their qualifications and positions. Not because Republicans crossed over to vote in a Democrat primary.
Also, the point of my comments about my own personal beliefs not necessarily always toeing the so-called Party line was in the context of demonstrating that there is room in our party for healthy ideoligical debate, and even difference of opinion. Indeed, what isn't reflected in the article is that many conservatives in the audience had expressed dissatisfaction with so-called Republican positions on things ranging from bailouts to stimulus pacakges to local ordinances, etc. The point was that we must all learn to look at the bigger picture where we actually agree for the most part.
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