Enemy of my enemy is NOT my friend--posted by Tony Garcia on 5/11/2006
I have been saying for a long time that the enemy of our enemy is not our friend. I believe that. Look at what it has done for us over the decades in foreign policy matters.
I believe that and I also believe that character matters. I will not support any candidate whose character is worse than mine. That is a pretty low bar. In my heart of hearts I believe Michele Bachmann has shown in many areas to be below that bar. There is too much that I know about her to prove otherwise...and sadly most of what she has done will get swept under the carpet because people have decided to put their party above it all.
However, the knee jerk reaction to jump to her next biggest competitor (presumed to be Wetterling) was missing some information. She lied to Tinklenberg just to pursue her own political career. Was that a mistake from inexperience? Could be, but she has never addressed this and thus forgiveness from anybody is not warranted.
That leaves a very narrow field to even begin to analyze. Tinklenberg (if he makes past the primary) and Binkowski. I'm not wild about either of those...anymore than I was wild about G.H.W. Bush vs. Bill Clinton vs. Ross Perot in 1992.
The governor's race was also equally unpalatable in 1998. A moderate at best who I don't believe could tell the truth about his positions to save his life vs. a socialist, anti-business partisan vs. a straight-shooting moderate who was going to be an embarassment to all.
Yes, I hope Bachmann loses. My ideal situation is that some fiscal conservative will come out and run in the general and that dark horse will win. My less fantastical panacea is that someone runs a None of the Above campaign that wins the majority. I have to wait to see what shakes out over the long haul, but I must be enthusiastic about the person to vote for them. I fell into the very trap many people in politics fall into, "The enemy of my enemy is my friend" and to vote anti-anything gains nothing.
So, here it is. I was wrong to throw my support behind Wetterling (though my money is still on a GOP loss). I will advocate people to not vote in the 6th CD because none of the choices seem to be deserving of representing the public.