Jonathan Garthwaite

Last week I argued that conservatives and evangelicals really have but one logical choice in the upcoming election – to reelect a Republican majority in Congress. In some cases, it’s certainly not a pleasant choice, but it’s one that must be made in order to give our conservative principles a fighting chance over the next two to ten years.

Dozens of readers responded. Most conceded that a choice must be made, many agreeing with my argument. (One reader, who said he was going to vote Republican, called it “hold-your-nose-voting.”) However, many others stated that they weren’t just making a “lesser of two evils” decision on Election Day. Several said they were placing their bets on the Libertarian Party, assuming that Libertarian leaders would be immune from whatever infects elected officials from other parties once they get elected.

Slice it up any way you like it: in each race, it comes down to a Democrat and a Republican, and the history on protest votes isn’t a pretty one – can you say Perot and Nader?

For those of you considering sitting on the sidelines this November, I offer a small portion of the Townhall.com commentary on choosing between Republicans and Democrats this fall. Many fall short of full-fledged endorsements, but they are clear about one thing – conservatives can’t afford to sit this one out.

Star Parker starts us off by asking, “Must things get worse in order to get better?”

“Republicans and conservatives are fed up with their party and their representatives. But can it be that anything is better than what we now have?

I've gotten letters telling me that I've sold out because I've written that we should not abandon the Republican Party because at least there is a chance of fixing it. What do we gain by allowing Democrats, who are wrong on everything, to regain power, just to express anger at wayward Republicans?” (more)

Hugh Hewitt says that as goes Montana, so goes the Supreme Court.


Jonathan Garthwaite

Jonathan Garthwaite is General Manager of Townhall.com/HotAir.com