I’ve spent countless hours arguing with people over who is the “right” candidate. Not just in this election, but every election. The true believers think we cannot ever vote for anyone unless they are the most pure, constitution loving, liberty defenders who have ever walked the planet.
I used to be one of them.
I’ve spent some time recently thinking about our last several presidents. You know who I would take all over again? Bill Clinton. Was he the man I wanted for the job? Heck no. I didn’t vote for him either time. But he was politically expedient enough to read the tea leaves and get out ahead of the conservative revolution, make their message his own, and take credit for everything good that ever happened under his watch. He is living proof of what Milton Friedman tried to tell us.
“I do not believe that the solution to our problem is simply to elect the right people. The important thing is to establish a political climate of opinion which will make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing. Unless it is politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing, the right people will not do the right thing either, or it they try, they will shortly be out of office.”
So, come this November, I’ll be holding my nose once again and pulling the lever next to the new (R) Golden Child, whether or not I think he is the best man for the job. Then I will work tirelessly to make it politically expedient for him to do the right thing.