My essential Iowan-ness means I take pride in being, well, moderate.
This applies to all areas of my life. I don't like being on either end of the pendulum, but I like seeing both clearly. The first time I ever registered for either political party was when I felt compelled to vote in a primary, but I would be terribly disappointed in myself if I ever just filled in the Democrat box on a ballot and ran off for coffee with the time I'd saved.
I need to believe that good candidates could come from either side, and that I will be open enough to see that.
So where did all the good Republicans go, anyway?
Some of them appear to still reside in the Northeast. Like New York State Senator Roy J. McDonald, who dared to vote for (gasp!) legalizing gay marriage last year. Now he's fighting to hold on to his seat, facing a vigorous campaign by Republicans who don't think he's Republican enough any more. Here's what he had to say about that:
He said that anyone unhappy with his position could "take the job and shove it. . . . I'm in the party of Abraham Lincoln. I'm very proud of that. I'm not in a party of a bunch of right wing nitwits. It's Abraham Lincoln. It's everybody's included. And I feel that's important."
Hey Senator McDonald - I'd vote for you. If I lived in New York. And if I hadn't felt compelled to register as a Democrat for fear that the opposing Republican might win if we hadn't selected the right canddate.