Much is being made in political circles about Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes’ refusal to reveal who she voted for in the 2008 election for President. So, what I’m confused about is when is your ‘secret’ ballot not secret? Is she, as a candidate running to represent the good people (and the others) in Kentucky not entitled to the same rights as those who choose not to oppose Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell? If the vote isn’t secret, why do we play hide-and-seek, wasting taxpayer funds providing partitioned booths to keep prying eyes off our paper ballots, or those ‘Wizard of Oz’ curtains on the voting machines if you’re not entitled to secrecy when exercising your right to vote?
Or, maybe the Republicans have it all figured out when they pass legislation designed to prevent you from voting in the first place.
Her choices in 2008 were for the Democrat, Barack Obama, or the Republican, John McCain. Last Friday, during an appearance on “Morning Joe,” Chuck Todd, the host of “Meet the Press” opined that Grimes had disqualified herself because of her evasive answer to the question of who she voted for in 2008.
I’m sure McConnell’s supporters would argue that a Grimes’ vote for President Obama proves she’s a liberal and shouldn’t be elected to represent Kentucky. I would argue that a Grimes’ vote for McCain shows she’s an idiot and shouldn’t be trusted to represent anyone — making her, at least, McConnell’s equal.
Until Republicans finally accomplish their assault on voting rights for all but white men, Grimes is entitled to enter the voting booth without sharing with the world her choice for President of the United States. The law protects that right for her and all other citizens. If she decides to share her choice with the voters of Kentucky it’s okay with me. If you ask me who I voted for, I’ll tell you — none of your damned business.