As we get closer to the primary next month. I thought it would be a good idea to take a look back at how we got to where we are now. I will also tell you a little about those individuals that are fighting and winning the battle to turn around the state GOP. Some of them you may already know about. Some you will hear a lot more from in the future.
For purposes of this article I will begin in 2004 and go to the present. For those of you who are interested in what happened earlier, Doug Parris has done a good job of documenting that history here at The Reagan Wing.
Part 1: An Overview
THE POLITICAL DIVIDE
The State GOP has been a divided party for years. They simply have lacked the kind of leadership needed to unite the members. They had a golden opportunity to grow the party in 2008 with all the new Ron Paul supporters. Instead the state GOP plays the endless games in an attempt to freeze them out of the process. They could have added 12,000 new members to the party. But in order to keep their power, the WSRP leadership tried to freeze them out. It’s all about power, the results never matter.
CANDIDATES: WHO GETS TO DECIDE?
For years, the state GOP leadership and establishment crowd have effectively chosen our candidates, because they think they know better than you and me. They have forced their candidates on us. My response is, how well has that worked out and what gives them the right to decide anyway! For almost a quarter century these people have had control of the party. It’s been one loss after another. When are we going to say enough is enough? Seriously, they don’t know better than you and I. All you have to do is look at what’s happening right now. Once again, it’s all about power: the results never matter.
RESULTS & ETHICS BE DAMNED
I think Roberts Rules of Order has been a good guide for how a political meeting should be run. The problem is, there’s no way to enforce these rules. The leadership and establishment crowd know this, so they continually break the rules. Over and over again I have seen this happen. The latest being at the 2010 state GOP convention. Luke Esser was accepting nominations from the delegates for convention chair. There were two nominations from the floor: Kirby Wilbur and Michele St Pierre. In a blatant violation of the rules, Luke Esser asked for a vote on Kirby Wilbur as convention chair. Mr Esser then accepted the vote as final and Kirby was named convention chair. This is not how it’s supposed to work! First of all, there were two nominees and both should have been allowed to address the delegates and then both should have been voted on. Instead, Luke Esser completely disregards the rules and does what he wants. What’s worse, Kirby Wilbur, like a good little boy, stands there and lets him get away with it. Shame on you Kirby! you knew it was wrong and you did nothing to try to stop it. These kinds of things have gone on for years. It’s all about having the power to do what they want.
I know I haven’t painted a very pleasant picture so far. In part two we will delve into some of the past elections and some examples of the State GOP’s abuses of power during those elections. Then in part 3 we’ll look at a new beginning that is happening in the state of Washington and GOP politics and I will tell you all about it and those that are fighting to make it happen.