I've read the candidate statements and the vision plan of the PCOA/Paulbot slate, and as I suspected, it's rife with glittering generalities and rather vague promises:
Develop financial resources: I and others in our party are connected to many potential donors who would be inspired by a local party which operates with the resolve and modern structure described in this statement.So, the message under the surface is simple: elect us and I'll bring in buttloads of money. Otherwise...
I read the verbiage. There's no plan, no specifics, no budget proposals, no fund-raising plan... no nothing save the "vote for me and I'll set you free" crap.
And a complete failure to justify any change in current party leadership.... not that I'm all that excited about current leadership, either. But that said, local politics is an outcome-based business. And the democrats would give ANYTHING to achieve the outcome the GOP put together locally.
And for that, the Paulbots want to get rid of them?
Here are the two fundamental problems the Paulbots have here:
1. As of this writing, the legislative make up of Clark County is 11 Republican and 4 democrat. The 49th, which is primarily located in Vancouver is Leftist Charley's. We cannot win there: we should not run anything but token candidates and provide them with zero resources. The 14th,18th and 20th are Right Wing Charley's country, the left cannot win there, and as they showed in the last cycle, they understand that and didn't bother to run serious candidates.
For reasons unfathomable to me, Clark County continues to support that waste of space representing us in Congress, the same waste of space who backhanded the county party by endorsing Marc Boldt.... as if that helped him, the utterly worthless Jaime Herrera.
We have 2 conservative county commissioners (Finally) who are also both Republican.
What was missing in all of this was the hands on support of the PCOA/Paulbots for Julie Olson.
Olson could have run a much better campaign. She could have galvanized support by providing militant opposition to the CRC scam: she likely would have won going away like most everyone else did who took that position.
But did these people running... no matter who they are... jump in and give Olson a hand?
Why not? Seat not that important?
2. The ties to the cult of Paul supporters are just too strong. Ron Paul is a complete whack job, who's good ideas are layered under sheets of idiocy attached to a death wish. Many, if not most of those pushing this are that: Paulbots who will cheerfully throw the GOP under the buss to get what they want, whatever that is, just like they did in the last election.
The entire point of the PCOA is to replace the Old Boss with the New Boss.
But here's the thing: the ONLY question those voting here should ask themselves is this:
Are the numbers posted above... the 11 and 4 legislators, the 2 commissioners and the pathetic fake GOP Congresswoman something they can improve on?
Because EVERYTHING else is secondary to that.
They've provided a lot of words with precisely zero meaning. And the whole point of this exercise is as abysmal as their abortive (and ultimately failed) effort to take over through the PCO elections.
I've heard loads of crap about Dan Barnes as well. But unless someone else steps up....
Meanwhile, yours truly is out. I expect that re-org, with the Herrera-endorsed Marc Boldt representing this precinct... if he shows up at all... to be just the tiniest bit awkward.
I sincerely hope this is my last series of political battles here locally. We truly have the government we deserve because we lack the vision and foresight to learn from our mistakes and I am too old and too beat up to keep fighting local battles.
So, no matter who, ultimately, takes over, the differences will be few and we will go on making the same, stupid, unnecessary mistakes... over and over... while hoping for a different outcome.
Did I mention that pattern is insane?