2020 Prez Endorsement (for GOP): Joe Walsh




As this venerable blog chugs toward March 3, we will no doubt eventually announce our Presidential endorsements, with Vern and me and Ryan and whoever else comes along presenting our own choices, eventually to be glommed together into a package.  But I’ve heard and seen enough to issue one of mine right now, so here we go.

For Republican Voters: Joe Walsh for President!

(I should explain that we sometimes issue one endorsement for Republicans and one for Democrats, which is especially appropriate for an election, like this one, where the parties have their own separate ballots.)

Not the singer, not the shouter, just the Trump-rejecting flouter.

I should say, Walsh is not my preference among Republican candidates.  That would be former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld.  But this is not a recommendation of whom I would vote for as a Republican (the equivalent of a Republican telling me that I should vote for John DelaneyNo!)  It’s my saying who I think Republicans with good heads and hearts should support among their options.)

Now, if you are a Tom Tait style good government/noblesse oblige Republican, and think that you can win an argument within the Republican party about either corruption or caring for the disadvantaged (which you can’t), then go ahead and vote for former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld.  But most of you aren’t — you like what Impresident Trump is doing but can’t stand the man’s low character, non-existent morals, and degradation of your party — so your best choice is Joe Walsh.

And, from the Republican perspective, Walsh is a good pick.  His major problem is that he keeps getting mixed up with other people: Weld, this year, but also Republican Joe Wilson (the one who yelled “You Lied!” to President Obama at his Sept. 2009 Speech to a joint session of Congress), and with the “Life’s Been Good” singer who was a late-arriving member of The Eagles.  But these sorts of problems can be resolved.

Walsh is pro-wall, pro-gun, and pro-Netanyahu, but has recanted his former anti-climate change and birther positions, and has always been anti-Putin and in favor of the Constitution.  In other words, a vote for Walsh lets you be the non-Bill Weld Republicans we know that most of you (outside of Newport Beach) really are and still vote against Donald Trump, who desperately needs a good voting-against.

I’d love for you die-hard Republicans to vote for one of the candidates whom I favor in the election, but I understand your not wanting to do so. Anyway your vote for Walsh really means more than your “lesser evil” vote for any Democrat.  Trump is not going to measure himself against Democrats — he will obviously be the person to get the most votes in California, and all the more so in OC — but he will measure his votes against the two “W”s opposing him.  It’s the latter that will gall him.

While OC may have lost its national Republican cachet after its purging of Congressional ranks in 2018, ideologically its wealth and education keep it a national opinion leader.  If Walsh somehow got 80% as many votes as Trump did within OC, it might (not giving odds here) actually pry open the painted-shut window protecting Trump against a challenge.

(Headlines such as “Walsh Gives Trump a Good Fight in Orange County” would surely abound — and Trump would throw a highly entertaining post-Super Tuesday fit.  Placer County may now be more conservative, but it would not get those kinds of headlines.)

At a minimum, such as result might reclaim some of the dignity of the Republican Party.  Having now seen the alternative, this Democrat would really like to see that happen.

About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Corrupt party hacks hate him. He's OK with that too. He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)