I only became a Republican after I switched over from my Dummocrat for a Day gambit in 2008 calling for R's to vote for Hillary Clinton and run out the Democrat primary a bit longer. Rush Limbaugh thinks he started it, but I was either first or tied with him. The Boston Globe and the New York Times gave me credit but I digress. I was an Independent before this. A conservative for sure, but a registered Independent. Had been for years. It was a hold over from my journalism days and I didn't see a need to change it. However after voting for Hillary Clinton as a joke I decided I would become a respectable R and by doing so embolden squishy Independents to declare themselves if for no other reason than to swell the voter registration numbers in Oregon.
But the internecine rivalries are getting wearisome. I'm weary of the
Regulars dissing the Tea Party and the Ron Paulistas going after the Regulars when their candidate has declared he's out of the race...
After drumming out Matt Wingard for his womanizing ways and then blowing out the conservative, pro life woman who wanted to replace him with a male political neophyte, I'm more perplexed. This experienced pol was drummed out because she had at one time dated Matt Wingard. Someone inside the Republican Party made sure that made the news. All of sudden, the odds on favorite to win the right to run for Wingard's seat, Lindsay Berschauer, was buried by a guy only a few insiders in the party had ever heard of. See my posts about this and similar episodes here and here.
The jihad against Representative Julie Parrish is just getting warmed up. She was mentored by Wingard and groomed for leadership--you know, the way the party is supposed to work. But will this connection doom her aspirations for a legislative leadership post?
The able, competent, self-made businesswoman from West Linn was running alone for a leadership post before another newbie to the legislature Mike McLane from Bend jumped in. I wonder, was he recruited by anti Wingard forces too?
Katie Eyre is in the cross hairs of the Republican Regulars, too. Will they drum her out because the State Representative knew Matt Wingard and replace her with someone who didn't know him?
Are they only going after women? If so, why?