Keith Olbermann’s special comment last night about the perils of letting the Tea Party get into office was a bit over the top for me, even though the candidates that he highlighted are, to be generous, an interesting bunch of people with some unorthodox views. But he redeemed himself by using a clip from one of my favorite films, Inherit the Wind, starring Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Dick York, and Harry Morgan.
Mr. Olbermann is right in one respect: the one person who has a say in whether or not the Tea Party candidates win is you, the voter. All of the ads, all of the Very Serious pundits, all of us bloggers don’t mean anything when it comes down to what really counts, and that’s you in the voting booth.
One thing I’ve never done is tell you, dear reader, who to vote for. I’ve made my views very clear as to who I would vote for. But the choice is up to you, and whether or not you pay attention to what the chattering classes or the passionate bloggers say is your choice. All I ask is that you remember that the idea is to vote for someone, not against them, and that ultimately you’re not just voting for a candidate or a referendum or a charter amendment; you’re voting for your community, your state, and your country. Use it wisely.