I am the only person in the nation who seemingly wasn't asked by a polling organization how they would be voting on Super Tuesday. These were my thoughts as I entered Election District Three in my small town in the great state of New Jersey and cast my ballot for president in the Republican primary.
The Republican choice is especially important this year, and here's why.
If she gets the nomination, Hillary is never going to win. Too many Americans, either covertly or openly, hate her and all the Clintons. In the privacy of the voting booth, whatever they say about their belief in brotherhood, Americans are not going to vote for a black man for president.
The Democrats are over confident. They think anybody can beat the party of Bush. How quickly they forget 2004. Despite stealing the 2000 election, and the incredibly disastrous first term, Bush still won big in 2004. You can never underestimate the stupidity of the American people.
So whoever gets the Republican nomination will be the next president.
McCain is my neighbors' choice. But he thinks we will be in Iraq for 100 years. That is a strategy. But is that a strong enough reason for voting for a man who supports a "protective overwatch mission" which may require keeping 150,000 men and women in barracks in120 degree heat until the 22nd century -- I don't know.
"It's the economy, stupid, " I said to myself as I entered the polling booth. That's how I talk to myself in private.
Who better than Romney on that issue?
Willard Mitt Romney, the man who was born with a silver medal in his mouth, had been telling me that for months.
McCain is economy-impaired. Admittedly, he didn't have the advantages of being in the business world like Romney. He couldn't keep up with the market, and all the business cycles while he was being tortured in the Vietcong prison camp.
And McCain didn't have the business prowess to amass a fortune in turning around companies in trouble, which gave him the millions that he now spends like Monopoly money on this ego trip that is the presidential nominating process.
"The economy is in my DNA, " he explained in all the TV debates.
It's his family tree that worries me. Not his ancestor, Joseph Smith, who on reaching the salt flats of Utah told his flock, "This is the place." If he had gone on further, he would have brought his people to the promised land of Santa Monica or Malibu Beach.
No, it's the judgment of Mitt's father that concerns me.
George Romney was a three-time Governor of Michigan and a leading candidate in the 1968 Republican Presidential primaries. He also was the chief executive of a major Detroit industry, American Motors. Oddly, Mitt rarely mentions his father in the campaign. It's a lot like a Kennedy not mentioning JFK.
What struck me exploring Romney's DNA is the misjudgments of his father.
One reason why Mitt neglects his father's achievements might be the demise of his 1968 campaign. He was out in front that year until he confessed he had been brainwashed on the Vietnam War by LBJ. All of a sudden he ceased to be a viable candidate.
Having flip flopped on every major issue is it in Mitt's genes to do the same on Iraq? Could he claim that Bush washed -- and dried -- his brain on the war? But that could only happen once he discovers the war is unpopular.
Mitt's father's record as a captain of industry was not that thrilling, either. He was head of Nash Kelvinator, which later became American Motors. George's contribution to American society was the Rambler American. So was the Nash Metropolitan.
Here was a car that looked like a Kelvinator refrigerator turned on its side, with wheels added. It was a petite four-cylinder piece of shoddy merchandise that wouldn't even go 75 mph downhill. But it was an alternative to the big Detroit gas-guzzlers with fins that looked like the cars would fly.
It was on George Romney's watch that Nash took over Hudson. You remember the Hudson Hornet, a car that was winning NASCAR races right and left in the 1950's? "Do you know why," my usually reliably informed car nut told me. "Best handling any car in America or Europe that was eligible for NASCAR. Wonderfully laid out, low center of gravity. Hudson worked it up into this incredible race-winning vehicle. And what does George Romney do? He scraps the Hudson, puts the Hudson grille on the Nash Ambassador. Calls it a Hudson."
Can we vote for this man's son for president? any NASCAR-loving American should be asking themselves today.
The all- new, improved Hudson turned out to be a total flop, as was Romney senior's company, bought out by Chrysler just to get Jeep.
I don't know what the Mormon bible says about sins of the fathers being visited on the children. But I do it anyway.
With DNA like that its gives one pause.
If I would vote for McCain with a finger on my nose, it would take two or more to vote for Romney.
Fortunately, we Republicans in New Jersey still have Ron Paul on the ballot. He was the life of the Party and every debate in the GOP's long day's journey into the dark after the votes are counted tonight, and the best chance for real change.
Libertarians like Paul have a lot of good and zany ideas, many of which I still don't understand. I especially like their no taxes, and doing away with red lights and other restraints on freedom, such as government. He may be ahead of his time by a century or so.
But I voted for him anyway.
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