My Facebook feed does not represent America. It’s wildly skewed liberal, especially progressive. Because that’s my personal political bent and, like most people, my base of friends and family generally have similar values and ideas to mine.
Broadly, my Facebook feed is an echo chamber. You’d think that means it’s full of people agreeing with each other, but not so much.
I strongly believe that for Donald Trump to get a second term, all he has to do is sit back and let the Democrats tear their candidates apart.
Democrats on my Facebook feed do two things.
They hate on Democratic candidates. And they say that they’d vote for their dog/a glass of water/a Pez dispenser if it ran against Donald Trump.
This feels like how we got here in the first place.
Republicans (and some Democrats and Independents) decided they would vote for Donald Duck if he ran against Hillary Clinton.
And they did.
I was a Bernie supporter in 2016. I still like him. He still excites me. It’s likely that he will be my Primary pick, although I’m excited for the debates and to get to know some of the candidates I’m less familiar with.
It’s okay if you disagree with me. This post isn’t about trying to convince you to vote the way I want you to.
If my Primary pick doesn’t make it to the general ballot, I will vote for the candidate that best matches my values. For me that means the most progressive candidate who is not part of a third party.
In other words, I will get behind the Democratic candidate, if the alternative is Donald Trump.
In 2016, that meant voting for Hillary Clinton. In 2020, it might well mean voting for a candidate who was not my first (or, with this huge field, second, third, or fourth) choice.
Again, it’s okay if you disagree with me. If you feel good about voting third party or Republican, you do you. That’s the the essence of democracy.
What’s not okay is voting for someone you don’t actually want to bet the president, because you’d rather vote for a glass of water or Donald Duck or your dog than a Democratic candidate who isn’t your first choice.
Unless you honestly want Donald Duck to be the president.
We’ve had that bluff called once. Let’s not let it happen again.
Shaunta Grimes is a writer and teacher. She is an out-of-place Nevadan living in Northwestern PA with her husband, three superstar kids, two dementia patients, a good friend, Alfred the cat, and a yellow rescue dog named Maybelline Scout. She’s on Twitter @shauntagrimes and is the original Ninja Writer.