I put up a new poll here yesterday, one that tries to get beyond the silly local obsessions of our district: The idea that we should elect a certain person to the United States House of Representatives who would likely remain there for a generation because we're interested in seeing Route 12 expanded, or we want the land claims dispute resolved in a particular way.
We owe it to our nation to have a bit of a larger view than that, and consider which Democrat is really best qualified to do the job of a member of the United States House of Represemtatives. It's a national post, after all, even if the election is regional.
So, the new poll question is this: Which Democratic candidate has the most credibility on foreign policy?
This is the kind of poll for which you ought to be willing to justify your answer. Take a look at the question, please, and don't just vote for your favorite candidate. Please, consider the three candidates, their experience, and their foreign policy positions as described so far. Which one, based on these considerations, has the most credibility in foreign policy?
Then, give your explanation in the comments section here. KNowing that we have a lot of people here who are particularly dedicated to one campaign or another, I'm interested in how people justify their answers. I'm genuinely curious, for example, what motivated one person so far to cast a vote in favor of Leon Koziol having the most foreign policy credibility of the three Democratic candidates.
I'm hoping that this kind of poll will get us to think about the race in more depth than just the horse-race question of which Democrat we suppose "can win." We would do well to remember that the Republicans chose George W. Bush as their presidential candidate in 2000 largely on the basis that polls said he could win against a Democratic opponent. In the long run, that choice led to disaster for both America and the Republican Party.