Choosing Your Opponent

Bill Weld Tweet

Every year when the playoffs start, in any sport, all of the fans start talking about brackets and who we want our team to match up against. Even if your team doesn’t make the playoffs you look for a strong team to face off against your arch enemy. Because if it’s not the Pats, I don’t care who takes the AFC East as long as it isn’t the Jets and please o please don’t let the Giants win another SuperBowl. The Yankees? Lakers? Habs??? Ugh! We almost never get to pick our opponent, though we surely analyze their strengths and weaknesses in matchups.

I’d like you to think about the ‘anyone but the Jets’ notion for a second. If you are a Democrat, you have to acknowledge that there is a possibility that Trump could win re-election. How frustrating would that be. He’s got the same annoying ego as Jets fans and who wants to stoke THAT flame?

What if you could mitigate that risk? Right now, I’m a Seth Moulton guy on that side of the aisle. But who really cares if it is Seth or Pete or Kamala or Cory or Amy or Kirsten. They’re all kinda the same. We should be able to hold the Senate so nothing super liberal is really going to happen. Wouldn’t it be nice to guarantee someone with honor in the White House? So as a Democrat, don’t throw your vote away, make it count. Here’s how…

If you are in an open primary state, ask for that GOP ballot. More importantly, if you are in a closed primary state, go see your town clerk and switch your party registration now. It’s just a label and you can always switch back later. In the 2020 GOP primary, be a passionate devoted Democrat…and vote for Bill Weld. If Weld takes enough of the early primaries, all of those who blindly support the party will start to vote for him too, they just want a conservative. And I know for a fact that “countless” (h/t Sarah Sanders.) GOPrs voted more against Hillary than for Trump. Their ‘support’ is for the party and the ideals, not the guy who can’t see his toes… “and other things” (h/t to Trump for that grammatical stroke of genius… like his knees. See how that let’s me get away with saying a blatantly obnoxious comment without actually saying it?)

Imagine if you could pick your opponent for the Prez election in 2020. If Bill Weld wins the nomination, just think about the possibility of civility down the stretch. While there may not have been any “collusion”, there shouldn’t be any ATTEMPTED collusion either. Bill Weld is a good guy. If John Kasich steps up, I’ll root for him in the same role. Either way, they are both opponents that a Democrat doesn’t have to hate.

Editorial note: When I lived in Massachusetts in the 90’s, I was a Bill Weld fan. At the time, the “W” governors (+ Whitman and Wilson) were making a splash with fiscal conservatism tied to social liberalism. They were realists and saved many states after the early 90’s recession and budget fiascos. Shortly thereafter Newt and my man John Kasich (as budcom chair) showed that Congress could actually get stuff done. While Reagan is viewed with high regard because of the military buildup and his communication strengths, these were the guys getting real work done. I’m psyched that Weld is running for Prez, though I had hoped Kasich would have gotten there first. I’ve had this post in my head for a while, well before the tweet above and the interview Weld gave.

About Josh Rutstein

I am an aspiring entrepreneur and hopeful political candidate. Father of 2 very special girls, husband to an amazing woman, and passionate American. I snowboard whenever possible and follow a 20x mentality for exercise. I also play golf and ultimate frisbee and am a die hard New England Patriots fan and season ticket holder. Everyday I wake up wanting to make this country a better place, someday I hope to actually succeed.
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