Mister Pterodactyl
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
I got my votin' hat...
I note with some horror that the talking heads are still spinning. Guys, it's over.

I was thinking of doing some kind of liveblogging tonight (because the world needs one more person doing that), but I doubt that I can stay sober long enough. Gonna be a long night.

But that's not important. What is important is the comment Omni left me a few days ago: "[w]ouldn't you like to know how many votes, if any, were influenced by what people had on their blogs?" So how about it? Did blogs influence your vote? I'll start.

Short answer, no. If anything, reading blogs strengthened my support for Bush by adding depth to what I was seeing in the MSM. I did waver on another race because of a blog. I was planning to vote for Russ Feingold but then had to think about it; I read somewhere (sorry, can't remember where) that voting straight Republican would lend Bush greater support for his foreign policy, and since that's the main reason I want him back the idea gave me pause. However, in the end I stuck to my original plans. That's a subject for another post.
As far as the other races, Paul Ryan's opponents for the House didn't make a peep the whole time. I found the Democrat's website but wasn't impressed. For State Assembly, I ditched the incumbent for the Libertarian. Why? TABOR. I tried to hate it, I really did.

So leave me a comment and tell me whether blogs affected your decision. Especially those of you that don't comment much; I wanna hear from you.

Yeah, I'd say that talking with you, Steve and Lance, and maybe John B. ... kind of put the brakes on my radical tendencies. Ron, Probligo and LibertyBob couldn't have done that by themselves. They probably would have had the opposite effect.

On the other hand, although I like Lew Rockwell, Justin Raimondo, L. Neil Smith and other Libertarians, I don't think their solution to our present situation is practical. I agree that the cult of the State is the problem, but here we are. It's pure luck that I didn't know anybody who was killed on 9/11 and I don't want more of the same. I believe in pursuing the enemy and not giving up the pursuit when he hides behind women and children.

War is a crude instrument, but America has made it more precise than it's ever been. I want to see that development continue.
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