I have been hearing rumblings about the following for some time....Let Bill Owens win with 36% and crush him with an R-C nominee next year.
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As a republican, I could never support Owens, but I am not satified with any of the options. My voting strategy at this point is to think about the 2010 election. I would like to see a better republican choice on the ticket (right now my head is with Doheny - his strengths are the exact same weaknesses of Hoffman and Dede - he knows the issues well (unlike Hoffman) and would be well funded (unlike Dede). I could put up with Owens in the seat for a year for Doheny to get the chair back this time next year. Otherwise, if one of the two republicans win (I still call Hoffman a second republican candidate), then we will be left with a mediocre candidate in Washington. I want to be proud of district, so I am actually hoping Owens wins in 2009 and Doheny wins in 2010. Strange strategy, I know, but having a more long term plan makes sense to me.
That's the dilemma the GOP nominee has....Without the legitimacy bestowed by a primary, there are all sorts of spurious motives in the party of Lincoln.