The Sauk County Republican Party adopted a resolution rejecting the candidacy (alt abbreviated version) of Dick Leinenkugel for United States Senate. The Sauk GOP’s press release begins trashing Leinenkugel’s role in the Doyle administration, a move we expected from the right-wing. Following a weak beer joke the release gets interesting — after a list of Sauk GOP goals, the group essentially calls for a purity standard for candidates from the Republican National Committee;
WHEREAS, the Republican National Committee has failed to provide a process for vetting candidates who uphold these principles; and
Strange that the Sauk County Republicans, who describe themselves as “grass-roots” are looking to the national party organization to apply standards to candidates in Wisconsin.
Or not-so-strange. This type of local/individual-control hypocrisy is typical from the GOP. They want limited government, except when they don’t want it. If sensibilities are violated, morality offended, legislate away! Amend the constitution to ban gay marriage, but health insurance for millions treads on me!
If the Republican base continues to insist on moving right, young conservatives will continue to leave the party. That don’t confront me none, but Democrats — take note. Be progressive, but pragmatic. Forward, for Wisconsin.