For those of you who follow this blog you know that I endorsed Rick Perry back in September. So why would I now vote for Medina?
Enough people have asked me this question that I have decided to answer it here.
The strategic reason to back Medina.
In the political world there are two types of people: pragmatists and idealists.
Idealists are true believers.
Idealists have a political philosophy and their first loyalty is to that philosophy. They don’t compromise often and you can find them on the far ends of the isle. Public opinion does not sway them. Writing them does little good for their minds are made up.
Pragmatists want to get things done.
Pragmatists are drawn to power like a fat man to a Chinese buffet. They generally pick whatever party has the majority. If the party in power switches look for them to change parties as well.
You can get a pragmatist to make good policy but you generally have to pressure him first. He has to know enacting good policy will increase his power.
Right now Kay Bailey Hutchinson is one of the last of the Pro-Roe v Wade Republicans. Her existence makes pragmatic republicans feel safe waffling on abortion just like Kay does. The dance is always the same: Talk pro-life in the primary… avoid the issue after that.
If Medina gets more votes than Hutchinson it marks the end of Pro-Roe republicans in Texas. Kay Bailey Hutchinson is one of the best known Texas politicians ever. Medina is a no name from a small Texas town no one has heard of. A big reason Kay is falling behind is because she is Pro-Roe.
This has happened before.
When William Wilberforce’s bill to abolish the slave trade finally passed, it was by a 283 to 16 landslide. Why after 20 years of failure would the bill pass by so much? Wilberforce, the idealists finally got enough weight on his side. The pragmatist politicians realized they would get more power by voting for abolition. They all flopped over to his side all at once.
What will happen if Medina makes the run off? The pragmatists will see they can get more power when they are pro-life. They will flop over to the life side of the teeter totter. This may give us the weight we need to see real change.
We are talking state and nation wide implications here.
What I like about Medina.
I like how:
- Medina is a true believer in life, liberty & property.
- Medina has breathed new life into the Republican Party.
- Medina answered the questions in the debates.
- Medina is well studied. People criticize her lack of experience but never her lack of knowledge. She knows her stuff.
- Medina is an idealist.
I still like Perry.
While the cronyism and forcing STD vaccinations on 12 year old girls makes me squeamish, I generally like Rick Perry.
Every year however cold or empty he always speaks at the Texas Rally for Life. Perry is a true believer in life, regardless of his other shortcomings. Rick is also a family friend and a great guy. I fully intend to vote for him in November, assuming he wins the primary which I expect he will.
What do you think?
- Who do you plan to vote for?
- Do you think a Medina/Perry run off will tip the balance of power pro-life?