### The Opening of RINO Season

Say there are a thousand potential voters. Now, normally, we say that to win an election you need “50 percent plus 1,” or 501 votes for your candidate. But in the U.S. system, that’s not how it works: if only 3 people show up, and it’s 2–1, then the person who got two votes wins. So let’s take a special case that makes things clear: Let say the electorate is exactly evenly divided, 500 to 500, when one person decides the Republican candidate is a damnable RINO and stays home. Now the election is 500 to 499, and the Democrat wins. If that person had gone for the Democrat, that would be 501/499 -- a difference of one vote. If the person just stays home it’s 500/499. Do the arithmetic and it turns out that’s a difference of half a vote -- or, since votes aren’t divisible, you can say that two people staying home adds up to one vote for the opposition. (The effect is the same, it only takes one person staying home to turn the election.)

This isn’t as bad as voting for a third-party candidate, of course, because a vote for a third-party candidate is a whole vote. Ralph Nader, Ross Perot, and George Wallace could all testify to the effects of that.

A lot of the RINO-hunting crowd right now will tell you that they stayed home in 2012, because Romney was a RINO. I have to admit that I don’t buy it; I suspect that the election turned on a relatively little bit of election fraud, and a massive effort by the IRS and the Justice Department to suppress Republican votes. But for the sake of argument, let’s say that’s what happened: then the people who stayed home because Romney was a RINO cast a half-vote each for Obama – and those half-votes elected Obama.

The bottom line is this: if you decide not to vote in order to punish the RINOs, you’re casting half a vote for the other side. If, Gods forbid, Trump runs third-party – as Wallace, Perot, Nader, and, in Colorado, Tom Tancredo did –- and you vote for him, you’re effectively casting a full vote for the other side.

I think you should vote for whomever you wish. Or stay home, if you like. Just remember that if you do stay home, you’re voting for Hillary, or Bernie, or whoever gets that nomination.