February 7, 2012

A Pragmatist's Plea

As Republicans bicker their way through the primary process, The Refugee hears various individuals (not necessarily in these parts) who cannot abide by this position or that, could never vote for this guy or that, and so on. Having earned the coveted title of Blog Pragmatist, can The Refugee respectfully remind everyone of a teensy, weensy detail?

Over the next five year (starting from now to the end of the next presidential term, it is highly likely that at least two Supreme Court justices will leave the bench (John Paul Stevens, age 91, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, poor health). If just one of the other justices experiences an unforeseen health complication and retires, then a President Obama will have appointed the court's majority for the next two to three DECADES.

If that does not scare everyone into the pragmatist camp, then nothing will.

(Did he shout that loudly enough?)

2012 Election Posted by Boulder Refugee at February 7, 2012 5:27 PM

Pragmatic in November; livin' the dream in February! In 2008, I pragmatically chose McCain to block a rising Huckabee. I don't see a need this year. Rep Ron Paul!

Posted by: jk at February 7, 2012 6:08 PM

Wow - just an fyi to you JK....my caucus went Ron Paul, then Newt, then Santorum.

The Ron Paul fans here are rabid. Almost like talking with Democrats. Anything that might suggest you disagreed with the guy caused a lot of conniptions.

Luckily I was able to at least convince 1 other person to vote Santorum.

Romney got 1 vote out of 14.
Paul - 5
Gingrich - 4
Santorum - 2

I expected more people.

Posted by: Terri at February 7, 2012 11:32 PM

Wow. Big turnout for our precinct and also Brother br's.

Romney 13, Paul 10, Gingrich 6, Santorum 2, Bachmann 1. Santorum won the block of precincts meeting at the school.

Six propositions passed unanimously. [UPDATED -- I forget the Bachmann vote last night, we had the national campaign manager in our precinct.]

Posted by: jk at February 8, 2012 12:24 AM

Our precinct had 41 people, more than half of whom had never attended a caucus. No enthusiasm gap here. Results:

Santorum - 16
Romney - 10
Paul - 8
Gingrich - 7

Overall, our group of precincts voted:

Santorum - 146
Romney - 136
Paul - 75
Gingrich - 61
Bachmann - 1

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at February 8, 2012 12:36 AM

My precinct in Southwest Weld county:

Santorum - 14
Paul - 6
Romney - 6
Gingrich - 4

UPDATE- District totals:

Santorum - 85
Romney - 34
Paul - 31
Gingrich - 28

You guys voted on the resolutions too, eh? We just collected them and turned them in. My brother co-opted our 11 3Srcs resolutions for his Boulder County precinct. They voted also - all 11 (and loads more from the Longmont 9/12 and Boulder County TEA Party) passed unanimously.

I showed my preprinted list to a few voters as an example. They wanted to read them. Then their neighbor, and their neighbor. Two copies made it around the entire table. The comments I received were universally favorable. A pastor in my precinct asked if he could keep a copy! "You wrote these," he asked? "You really wrote them?" As I recall, he agreed with every one.

Posted by: johngalt at February 8, 2012 12:55 AM

BREAKING- Just tweeted by @cologop:

Santorum wins the Colorado GOP caucuses. Final tally with 99% reporting Santorum 40.2% Romney 34.9% Gingrich 12.8% Paul 11.7% #COcaucus 27 seconds ago · reply · retweet · favorite
Posted by: johngalt at February 8, 2012 1:14 AM

Several precinct members came up after to speak favorably of the resolutions. I was the only one packing and they started to just turn them in, but we all said they were to be voted on.
Shy jk made it through six.

Big night for Sen. Santorum.

Posted by: jk at February 8, 2012 3:22 AM

I introduced your coexist resolution. It was passed. Thanks for the list, it was great!

Posted by: Terri at February 8, 2012 8:32 AM | What do you think? [8]