John McCain now has all the pledged delegates he needs to become the GOP nominee to be president of the United States. I plan to support him.
Of course, we got to this point without anyone asking a single Pennsylvania Republican to actually, you know, vote on it. That’s not democracy. It’s not democratic republicanism, even. I guess it’s sort of an oligarchy. Not that this stopped the PA GOP from offering an endorsement. Oddly, I’m actually a committeeman, and still nobody ever asked me about it.
So, those elected in April to be delegates to the GOP convention should know that the nation at large doesn’t care about their votes. So treat it with the regard party leaders show it, and formally abstain. If told it is important for party unity that they vote for John McCain, suggest then that the party should act in a way that values their participation.
If told they should observe the will of their districts, happily agree. Then say as there is no way for any of us to actually know the will of these districts, thus an abstention is the best possible choice.