Judging by the response to my "vote for Atkinson" post where I explained my decision to get back on board with that candidate, and judging by the continued emails and continued posts on other fine blogs and their comments, we have a problem.
Let me explain how I am going to proceeding from here. (It won't be different from how I have been dealing with this "situation.")
1. I am going to think my position through carefully. You saw that I dropped my support for a very fine candidate after the "Thursday episode" and a week and a half later I decided to continue to support Atkinson. Understand that I gave it a lot of thought, it is a honestly held position.
2. I am not going to insist that people who choose to support another Republican candidate are the devil. I am not going to come up with wild conspiracy theories about why they support their candidate. I will try to convince them that Atkinson is the best man for the job but I will do it respectfully and with facts that I can back up.
3. In keeping with number two I am going to do my best to not burn bridges or say things that I will regret later on. While many of use seem to be on opposite sides right now we will all (hopefully) be pulling for the same guy in the general election. We will be collecting signatures on the same ballot initiatives, attending the same meetings, and fighting for the same causes. I don't think that I ruined any friendships from through this ordeal and I don't intend to.
4. I will absolutely point out any candidate's faults. I don't believe in any "11th commandment" when it comes to someone running for public office. But, I will always source my info and have a genuine complaint. However, I will take the candidate as a whole and I will support the Republican in November. (Just as all three candidates have pledged to do)
5. I will continue to fight for the individual issues that I believe in whether that be illegal immigration, abortion, gay marriage, property rights, whatever. I think that we all feel the same about these issues.
6. I have decided to become a woman. I have an operation scheduled for next week. The new name of this site with be Danielleisright.blgospot.com.
7. Just kidding.
8. I will concede a good point when one is made and then move on. You can tell me what Atkinson said on immigration like I haven't heard it before but it's not going to do a thing. I like his positions the best out of all three candidates who all support guest worker programs. At the same time, when you quote him I am not going to try to explain away what he said. I can't argue with direct quotes and won't try to. When I point out another candidates fault, with ample evidence, concede it and move on. (you should also re-evaluate your position but that doesn't mean that it will change)
9. I will somehow make it to ten on this list because it just seems like I should. You know, to have a nice round number.
10. I am going to expect my candidate to do a damn good job when he gets elected. If your [Republican] candidate gets elected then I'm going to expect him to do a damn good job. I will hold him accountable for the promises he has made, the changes we expect and some good results for the families who live in Oregon.
11. (Thought of another) Not voting is not an option. I will not "stay home" for the election. Since I am going to vote for one of the three gubernatorial candidates I have to pick the best one. And since I share my opinions about everything around here I am going to publicly support the candidate that I will vote for. That is Jason Atkinson.