In his reelection/inaugural speech on Jan. 19th, State GOP Chair, Kirby Wilbur, announced, “I voted for Mitt Romney and Rob McKenna and I’m not ashamed because the worst Republican is better than the best Democrat!”
It could have been a fitting introduction to the Roanoke Conference six days later. Because for three days, Wilbur – and the Conference – pondered how the Party could continue to run Washington State’s worst Republicans – the kind for whom Wilbur has worked overtime securing nominations – and still find a way to stop their epidemic of losses to the best Democrats. *
And over the course of the Conference the latest “New Direction” emerged.
“Gay Boy Scouts” Leader Rob McKenna, who had made the “New Direction” his theme in losing the governor’s race, made it clear at Roanoke that it is the same political direction envisioned and expressed by Wilbur (and his new vice chair Luanne Van Werven) at the State Organization Meeting.
All Rob’s remarks available on Roanoke Video can be seen HERE.
And Slade “Longshanks” Gorton was there to back him up… that what we need is more of the same old four-ingredient potion the Midstream Witches have been brewing since Slade and Dan and Joel and Ralph summoned them so many years ago. That means offering:
- lower increases to taxes and spending than Democrats propose,
- slower eradication of liberty than Democrats propose,
- identical social policy to the Democrats, obscured with conservative code phrases, and
- splitting the difference to pass bipartisan legislation that raises taxes, raises spending, and bargains away our liberty in a reasonable compromise.
All the audio and video of Slade available from the Roanoke Conference is HERE
One of our correspondent’s eyewitness notes from the conference:
My overall feeling was that this was a feel-good get together to poke at the Democrats, try and understand why we are losing, talk about change, but maintain the course. Nevertheless, Kirby twice announced that Reince Priebus was re-elected without getting as much as one person’s applause. The second time a faint “boo” could be heard.
There were a lot of vendors, a lot of elected officials and central committee folk. Old washed-up has-beens, failed candidates and a couple groups of legislative assistants, most of whom seemed more interested in the social aspects than politics.
While there was no clear message of a plan going forward, there were also very few people there that I would put faith into even following through with a plan and actually putting in much work anyhow. As I said, these people were mostly electeds, failed candidates, and has-beens. I see no one leaving this event more educated and focused on changing the tide.
That said, I heard good things about the Freedom Foundation’s event leading up to the start of Roanoke. In fact it sounded like they have a battle plan and I strongly recommend we utilize the Freedom Foundation as a resource.
All available film of the Freedom Foundation event and our Reagan Wing Correspondents at Roanoke is HERE.
As you by now must have concluded, whatever the Republican Establishment is attempting to do in its meetings they are obviously ashamed of it, routinely banning cameras and recording. If you are new to the party since 2008, please understand it was not always this way.
Over and over again Roanoke speakers and commentators kept saying that to win we have to “quit placing so much emphasis on abortion and gay issues.”
What have they been smoking? What “emphasis”?
By Kirby Wilbur’s direct intervention and the autocratic domination of 1-person rule in the King County Party, NONE of our Anointed candidates, those who hoarded the Party’s efforts and funding, who were “nominated’ by 82 elite leaders in a private meeting without notice, I repeat, NONE of them did that. None of them stood for the platform, Republican ideals, or their oaths of office. All of them followed the “New Direction.” All of them stood for nothing discernible. They did it their way. They had their favorite, Romney, at the top of the ticket and their servant, Wilbur, in the seat of State Chair. And they lost overwhelmingly.