… and now for something completely local.
Folks have approached me about several otherwise “good Democrats” who are torn about the Milam County sheriff’s race. They say there is concern about who might or might not win, and that it’s the only important race in the county.
Well, here’s my take on that.
To vote for any one of the three candidates means voting in the Republican Primary.
Do you know what happens when you vote in the Republican Primary? Well, I’m tempted to allude to how they’ll force you to take part in demonically dark and craven practices while we threaten thunderous excommunication from the gentle bosom of the Texas Democratic Party … but none of that happens. Even the excommunication part.
What does happen is that your voter registration card is marked with a stamp. If you vote in the Democratic Primary, it’s stamped with “DEMOCRAT.” If you vote in the Republican Primary, it will be stamped, in red ink, with the word “REPUBLICAN.” That is how you signal your political affiliation in this state.
Plus, you won’t be able to vote in the Democratic Primary and, as a shameful reminder of that, you will carry a voter registration card stamped “REPUBLICAN” for the next two years.
The other, probably more important, thing that happens is this. All three of those men — along with the other turncoats — were elected as Democrats. (Correction — one of them ran as a Democrat last time out but didn’t win. The other two were elected Democrats.) All three of them made a calculated decision to flip, and gambled that you would follow them to the Dark Side.
They’re betting that they can make you vote Republican. Whether you want to or not. And they’re laughing about it.
Don’t do it. I say they don’t deserve your vote. There are good, local Democratic candidates who need your help and the Republican Primary is not the only local primary election that is important.
And, please … don’t go around for two years with your voter registration card stamped “REPUBLICAN.”