Friday, October 27, 2006

Recent commentary: does Iraq affect my voting?

How much will the war in Iraq affect your vote in November?

(published 30-Oct-2006, Appleton Post-Crescent)

Very little. On the Neenah ballot, anyway, there's only one contested national office: U.S. Senator. Kohl voted with the Senate majority in 2002 to authorize the use of military force. Should he be punished for getting us into the war? But wait, he's a Democrat! That means he's against the war, doesn't it? Congressman Petri has held his House seat for a couple of decades, now, and is, once again, running uncontested. I generally don't vote for candidates who run without opponents, though this year I might darken the ovals next to the blank lines. I certainly haven't thought about Iraq with respect to the 55th Assembly District imbroglio. No, wait! It isn't an imbroglio at all! Kaufert and Westphal have called for an end to partisan politics. As if that will ever happen! Should we kick Kaufert out of office because he's tarred with the Republican brush? I'm SO confused!

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