Since being completely humiliated by direct comparison with Clint Didier at the Patriot Coalition Rally at the Washington State Republican Convention June 11th, Dino has shamelessly hid from every event where he might have to confront his competition or the issues.
In addition to ducking Republican Rivals for the U.S. Senate in forums with RNC Chairman Michael Steele in Wenatchee and Tacoma on Saturday, The Seattle Times today reported that Dino snubbed the Bellingham Tea Party:
More than 400 people packed the candidate forum sponsored by the Bellingham Tea Party, cheering raucously for Republican U.S. Senate candidates Clint Didier and Paul Akers as they one-upped each other with calls to chop the federal government down to a size the Founding Fathers might recognize.”
And this continues a “game plan” that had Dino avoid candidate forums (and those inconvenient questions) in virtually every County and every major city in Washington.
The Times went on to describe the Rossi camp’s rationale. The establishment believes that Dino can win the Primary on name recognition, alone, and all the people he steps on will vote for him, anyway.
He can take the base entirely for granted: ignore their activism, ignore thier issues, ignore the Constitution.
So it is equally clear what conservatives have to do to finally gain ground, politically. They have to make it clear, once and for all, that they won’t vote for such a candidate in the GENERAL ELECTION even if he wins the primary. That is most unfortunate. But it is the political reality. That is the challenge before the Tea Party. That is the challenge before the Republican Party. That is the challenge before the whole conservative movement. That is, in fact what political parties are all about. We support a candidate because he is loyal to us, not the other way around. Dino Rossi has finally made it obvious, even to new-comers.