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first_imgWe believe the much-talked-about letter that the local Republican County Chairman, Wayne Parke, sent out to his party faithful is a symptom of a larger epidemic affecting the GOP at all levels. In his letter, Parke urges people to vote for his personally-endorsed candidates in the May Primary. The letter breaks from the traditional practice of either by-passing the endorsement of any candidates before the votes are counted in May, or of holding a “slating convention” in which the committee persons and party officials vote for a slate of primary candidates who get open support from the party power structure.On taking a second look, we are not so surprised at the fact that it appears the local GOP is following the national trend in their party. Many political pundits are predicting the implosion of the Republican party, in view of the party leaders and the rank-and-files’ failure to agree on a presidential candidate. The far-right that the Republican leaders have courted are now demanding their “say” in choosing between front-runners Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Neither of the “people’s choices” are acceptable to the big-money donor-class,as neither one appears electable in November and there is fear that either of the two will hurt down-ballot candidates, costing the party control of the Senate and possibly the House. The popular expectation is that after a bloody battle in a contested convention, Paul Ryan will emerge as the candidate.When we recognize the hubris of the power-grab taking place in the national GOP, Mr. Parke’s local attempt to dictate the course of the local primary is small by comparison. Around the country, local party overlords must surely be in a state of panic trying to keep a grip on their local party organizations, because that may well be all that is left of the Republican party once the smoke clears this November. It may be wiser in the long run for the RNC to accept the fact that assuming their voters would fall in line their choice of Jeb Bush was a huge mistake and let it go, but it appears they will attempt to jam a candidate of their liking down the throats of their party members.The paternalistic “I-know-what-is-best-for-you” approach of Wayne Parke exactly mirrors his party’s attitude toward the judgment of the voters in what the national party leaders are attempting to accomplish in the presidential race. We will be very interested to see how it works out both nationally and locally, but from what we have heard from Evansvillians, we doubt that this will be a successful approach on any level. Trying to wrest political choice from the hands of the people is not a good idea in America.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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