Atman (1000+ posts)
Mon Dec-15-08 01:32 PM
Election Aftermath Realities; "Bush-hating" GOP friends who still voted for McCain
I just found out, over the course of the past couple of weeks, that some supposedly fed-up GOP friends who were going to vote for Obama out of frustration with the Bush regime, in fact voted for McCain anyway.
I posted on DU a while back about my brother, a long-time Republican and business owner with about 20 employees. He told me in 2004 that he was going to vote for Bush again because, as a guy who employs 20 people, he has to think about health care. He couldn't possibly have mean't that BushCo would help him provide heath care to his employees, I'm sure of it. He would never think that way. I know that what he meant was, the GOP would help him screw his employees (our sister among them!) and save him lots of money.
Mom told me a few weeks before the election that my brother was going to have to vote for Obama because things were so screwed up and something had to change. I was happy. I posted about it on DU.
He voted for McCain.
So, this weekend I go snowboarding with my Republican-who-swears-he's-a-Libertarian friend.
He insists he never voted for Bush, although he regaled us with tales of his second victory in 2004. But now, nope...he's never been a Republican. A couple of weeks before the election he told me that things were really fucked up and even though his wife was still totally McCain, he didn't see how he could vote for the crazy old man. He'd be voting for Obama.
Woohoo! Another one!
Yesterday he told me that he voted for McCain.
"I had to think of my best interest!" he said. "Obama's going to tax the shit out of everything!"
"Bullshit!" I said. "It didn't matter who got elected, your taxes are going up, mine are going up, everyone's are. You guys fucked it up so bad that now EVERYONE will pay more. Lots more!"
I got a harrumph, then he said "You know, I looked at his plan online after the election, and it turned out that I'd only pay another $300. But still, I just think it was the lesser of two evils..."
"Lesser of two evils? What was the other evil?..."
Then we had to get of the lift. We never finished the conversation. Probably for the best.
But it does seem to reinforce the "Republicans are liars" meme. Both these guys told me they couldn't vote for the status quo and had would vote for Obama in the days before the election. It was the popular thing to do. But in the end they couldn't do it.
Oh, wait...is this The Bradley Effect? Or just scummy, self-serving Republicans?