Several of us Tulsa conservatives had a bit of a philosophical debate, this past week. Tulsa had 2 leading candidates for mayor. Neither of them were conservative enough for most of the members of the Tulsa Area Republican Assembly. Mayor Dewey Bartlett did come to the endorsement convention last week, but we opted not to endorse anyone. The given reason was because it's not a Republican primary, but the real reason was because we were not at all excited about any likely outcome.
I decided to get behind the one minor candidate(Tom McCay) who espoused real conservatism. He was an unknown (no real political connections, past experience, or campaign money).
Others told me; "Unless you support Mayor Bartlett, the 'even more liberal' GT Bynum would get an outright majority" in the nonpartisan primary election.
Well, that's just a completely irrational notion. If GT Bynum gets 51%, it won't be because I helped Tom McCay get 2% thus limiting Bartlett to 47% instead of 49%. If no one gets a majority, we simply have a runoff in November with only 2 names on the ticket. I can simply chose the lesser of 2 evils at that election.
But staying home and not voting will make it easier for Bynam to win, because the voter pool is then smaller. **
The Campaign consulting class and political handlers both love & hate the issues voters. But where their goal is to get a candidate elected, the issues voter cares more about getting the cause advanced.
General Election Pragmatism
Now, Oklahoma has 50 years of unbroken support for the more conservative major party. It's not likely to change this year. If the Republican has more than a 5% lead in late October state polls, a 'Liberty Republican' might see a safety in voting more idealistically without a serious concern that a socialist will win the Sooner state.
The OKGOP leadership will hate this notion being spread around. That's their job. They aren't as dedicated to issues as they are to candidates. If you doubt that, just read the coverage of the last 2 weeks of May and the massive taxes which the Republican leadership worked to pass through the legislature. The OKGOP leadership was silent. Even though the party's state convention, just the prior weekend, rejected the watered down 2016 platform, in favor of keeping the 2015 solid "Brogdon Platform" from last year's party convention.
The Republicans in state government leadership were pressing causes which directly opposed the party's platform. The real Republicans, the several thousand who attended precinct, county, district, and state conventions; they are far more committed to the issues than are the elected leaders. Do we really take their lectures about loyalty after what the legislature did, and tried to do?
No, when the OKGOP starts lecturing the legislative leaders, then I'll believe the party has a moral right to tell me how I should vote.
I, on the other hand, voted for a real conservative(Tom McCay). And I did not give the race to the socialist, in any way. I stood tall as a principled conservative. I consider myself part of the remnant 2% who sent an accurate message for conservatism, instead of the 38% who sold out for 1/3 of a loaf and ended up with nothing! Not even self respect! The 55% the balloting. But I will work to grow the courage of the conservatives, to turn that 2% into a real political message, whenever the experiment in socialism fails to deliver.