Thoughts Before A Super Tuesday
It’s the Monday before Super Tuesday. So far I’ve remained officially neutral in this primary (although I don’t always have a very good poker face and some of you are well aware of who I voted for, at least in some races). As North Carolinians finish voting tomorrow, I want to make it clear that it is my current intention to remain publicly neutral — I believe that it is usually inappropriate for party officials to use their titles and positions to influence rank and file voters by endorsing one candidate over another. My unease at seeing so many do so in 2016 is a definite part of why I decided that I had to roll up my shirtsleeves and get involved in the first place. Supporting Bernie Sanders in 2016 taught me many lessons, the best of which is that there are no saviors in politics. If you want to get things done, you’ve got to work for them yourself instead of sitting around and hoping other people succeed.
It was just about four years ago that I made that decision. Though many voters hung on to the belief that there might be an alternative outcome until the bitter end, throughout March the writing on the wall became clearer by the week. Hillary Clinton’s candidacy was inevitable. I imagine we’ll find ourselves in a similar situation by the end of this month: half the states and a number of other territories vote in March, and it will probably be clear by the end of it all as to who, if anyone, will receive a majority of pledged delegates. While the recently suspended campaigns of Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg certainly make the possibility of a contested convention less likely, it’s still very much possible, and may still be more likely than any individual candidate heading into the convention with an outright majority.
That said, I think we do ourselves a disservice when we play pundit and second guess ourselves in an attempt to pick a winner. I voted last Sunday, and while I won’t tell you who it was I voted for, I voted my heart. Whatever happens, I can sleep easily knowing that my vote went to the person whom I think will make the best President. If that candidate doesn’t get past the delegate threshold, so be it — I will sleep easy knowing that I followed my conscience, and I’ll be ready to work as hard as I can for whoever the nominee may be. And if that means a contested convention, well, then that’s the will of the people. Whether you’re dreaming big and fighting hard, or fighting for someone you don’t know, or you believe that our best days still lie ahead of us, just about any of our candidates would be a vast improvement on Donald Trump. So I hope you’ll vote your heart out, but most of all, I hope you’ll vote. If you’re a North Carolina voter, you can look up your polling place and sample ballot here: https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/