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Sunday, February 04, 2007

GOP can't solve its problems with new chair

This David Ammons article is pretty amusing if you resort to some snipping in order to highlight a couple of paragraphs that are far apart in the story:
Campaign pros and GOP legislative leaders say Esser and the fresh new look at the state party are a shot in the arm for a party that hasn't had much good news in a long time. He can help "de-link" state candidates from the national scene that was so damaging last year, said Senate Republican Leader Mike Hewitt.


Esser will assign the new party communications director, yet unnamed, to Olympia for the duration of the legislative session. He hopes to amplify the caucuses' increasingly astringent commentaries on one-party control by the Democrats.
Very fresh, indeed. Venom with a smile is so much better. How one "de-links" from Nixonian-Rovian politics while practicing it is also something of a mystery. But don't forget, progressives, if you object to it you don't understand the game, and if you throw it back in their face you are being "uncivil."

Goldy reported yesterday that there is an unusual push-poll in the field right now, and it certainly walks and quacks like a Republican push poll. (NPI has also received information about this poll). I certainly haven't noticed anything in the traditional media about it. I suppose the GOP is free to issue a denial.

With press accounts starting to openly speculate that Gov. Chris Gregoire faces severe political challenges over the Viaduct issue, now is the perfect time for Republican operatives to start throwing sand in the gears, not just in Olympia but in other parts of the state.

With Dino Rossi being the presumptive front runner for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in 2008, you don't have to be a political genius to see what the GOP is up to. They will be snide, obstructionist and present complex issues to the public in a distorted, simplified manner. As they always do.

Yes, it's a partisan game. While it's smart politics to go through the ritual chants about "bi-partisanship," anyone who thinks the fundamentally bellicose nature of the Republican Party has changed is fooling themselves.

So it's pretty difficult to see what will change under Luke Esser. It's still the GOP. That's a problem that can't be overcome by electing a new chair. It can, however, be solved at the ballot box by the rest of us, as we saw in November.

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