In next Tuesday’s midterm elections I’ll be voting for the first time as an American citizen. I’ll have a lot of choices to make — governor, senator, member of congress, representative in the state legislature, county commissioners and a lot more besides. Under normal circumstances, I’d expect my picks to include both Democrats and Republicans. The incumbent governor, a Republican, deserves to be returned for a second term. He’s done a decent job and the Democrat, though a good man, lacks the relevant experience. For congressman, I’m going with the Democrat. A few years ago, I would have gone with the Republican even though we were ideologically miles apart and he was a pancake or two shy of a stack. But he’d been particularly helpful in chivvying the state department to process my children’s passport applications so we could go on holiday. This time, no matter how worthy of consideration some of the Republicans on the ballot may be, none will get my nod. I am voting against their p...

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