Mid term election 2010
Have you noticed that the closer it gets to election day, the more politicians try to promote themselves as conservative?
The reason for this is that most Americans are center-right in their politics. What that means is if you use a scale from 1-10 with 1 being liberal and 10 being conservative, most Americans would be a 6. Politicians are very much aware of this and consequently promote themselves accordingly.
Politicians also know that most Americans are lazy when it comes to voting. The only time they follow political issues is when it has a direct affect on them. Knowing this, the politicians bombard the American public with advertising. Many Americans will decide who they are going to vote for by either just watching political ads, voting for the incumbent (because they are familiar with the name) or vote for a certain party whether they know anything about the candidate or not.
Here is a simple way to decide who to vote for in 2010. Generally speaking the Democrats are more liberal and the Republicans are more conservative. If you like the direction the country is heading, vote Democrat. If you do not like the direction the country is going, vote Republican.
What if you are conservative (or liberal) and their is a conservative (or liberal) Democrat (or Republican) running that you like? In local elections, it is fine to vote for who you like best but when it comes to state and national elections you need to weigh the consequences.
For example, let's say you are more conservative and you vote for a conservative Democrat. Because people like you voted for Democrats, the Democrats won a majority in the House. The Democrats the elect Nancy Pelosi as the Speaker of the House. Even though you are more conservative and don't like Nancy Pelosi, in essence your vote for the conservative Democrat turned into a vote for Nancy Pelosi. If you are liberal, you can just reverse the roll. If you vote for a liberal Republican and the Republicans gain control of the House, elect a conservative Speaker, then you have just in essence voted conservative.
So how do you get the proper candidate to fit your party preference? You basically have three choices. First is the primary elections. Elect the candidate that best represents you. The Republicans failed miserably at this in the 2008 Presidential election.
The second option is to switch parties. Ronald Reagan was a prime example of this. Reagan was a Democrat for many years but switched to Republican. Reagan was quoted as saying "I did not leave the Democrat party, the Democrat party left me."
The third option is to get involved with your party and try to change it. Look at what has happened to the Democrat party in the last 50 years. President Kennedy was dead set against communism, he invaded Cuba shorty after taking office. He also lower the federal income tax shortly after taking office in an attempt to help the economy. These are things that are in line with more conservative Republican thinking today. The Democrats want to raise taxes and seem to be embracing communism...or at least socialism. Being involved with your party can help change the culture of the party if you can get enough people on your side.
So my suggestion is to vote Republican if you are more conservative. Democrat if you are more liberal.
In my opinion, I think the Republicans will gain 50-60 seats in the House and consequently take control of the House of Representatives. I look for the Republicans to gain 4-5 in the Senate which will keep the Democrats in control.