I must admit that I didn’t watch the original telecast of Ted Cruz’s speech and Vote Your Conscience. Watching Republicans behave in a group think of increasing irrational behavior is not my thing. But I did watch Ted Cruz’s speech at a later time because of the furor it caused. As part of his speech Cruz uttered Vote Your Conscience and I have been fascinated by the turmoil those seemingly harmless words have caused to erupt.
First of all, it seems to me that for whatever reason the Trump campaign failed to make those words, Vote Your Conscience, into a powerful positive message. Instead the campaign used those words as justification for attacking Ted Cruz.
Vote Your Conscience is used in this instance as some code to vote against someone. What if it is support for voting what you think is right and not just voting for the lesser of two evils?
“I remember Cruz telling his New Hampshire audience that he would rather lose elections on his platform of dragging America back to purified conservative principles than make compromises in order to win. It was convincing then and it’s more convincing now. Cruz has two things going for him — or three, if you count the fact that he’s so weird and distasteful that he was never going to be elected president, and that he just sealed the deal by getting booed off the stage of his own party’s convention. Virtually alone among major Republicans, he bears no responsibility for the massive con game the party has been running on its own voters for 30 years or so. And he was the only Republican with the courage or the arrogance to stand up in Cleveland and make clear that the nomination of Donald Trump is a disaster for the conservative movement, the Republican Party and the United States. That’s probably enough to earn him a place in the history books.” http://www.salon.com/2016/07/21/ted_cruzs_finest_hour_a_right_wing_zealot_earns_his_place_in_history/
A powerful message that would have lent moral justification to supporting the Trump candidacy is just what that campaign needed to enlarge their base. The opportunity was squandered with the traditional hate and fear emanating from the campaign and the campaign’s supporters.
“Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) didn’t say a negative thing about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Cleveland on Wednesday night. A savvy, disciplined campaign could have used the three words from Cruz that set off a political firestorm — “vote your conscience” — to the campaign’s advantage.”
“But they didn’t. Instead of biting their tongues, they took the bait. Two billion dollars in free media can buy a major political party’s presidential nomination, but it unfortunately can’t buy a campaign a lick of discipline or common sense.” http://thefederalist.com/2016/07/21/vote-your-conscience-was-a-rorschach-test-and-donald-trumps-campaign-failed/
The Democrats, in their own way, acted with great ignorance. It was reported that the Democrats plan to exploit the moment by attacking The Donald. The Democrats once again are demonstrating how tone deaf they are thinking the remark, Vote Your Conscience, is something that they should center on Hillary. It is their candidate after all, that some would argue has demonstrated that voting her conscience (ala her flip-flops) is not a priority. And Yote Your Conscience brought us the near upset by Bernie.
Vote your conscience should be a good thing. How did it become so bad?