Gutting political parties, blurring core lines

If the Periódico de la República de Arizona’s (Arizona Republic) Linda Valdez has any fans, today must be nirvana for them.  She gets two full pages of editorials which she has “researched and written” to take on Arizona’s political parties and what she views as their diminished effect.

In her opinion the reason for the decided uptick in “no party preference” registrants is dissatisfaction with the choices offered by political parties. Conveniently omitted from her soliloquy is the fact that Arizona’s “open primaries” currently allow unaffiliated voters to pull either Republican or Democrat ballots when elections roll around — giving them more, not fewer choices.

Liberal Valdez reveals her true motives when saying open primaries give candidates a better chance of surviving primary elections, where the “party faithful favor more extreme candidates.” It’s a sure bet she has conservatives in her sights, rather than the radical left she favors.

Seeing Red AZ has previously written about this movement to neuter our two-party system. Back in August, it was the daily’s Mary Jo Pitzl who was extolling the virtues of the Arizona Open Government Coalition — a radically left-of-center group whose ultimate goal is replacing traditional primaries with a single-primary system open to all voters. Rather than candidates of each party squaring off against one another, the general election contenders could well be two from the same party who score the highest number of votes on the primary ballot. In the perfect world of Valdez and Pitzl, those top two contenders would, unquestionably, both be Democrats.

But are open primaries actually equitable? We can all be as independent as we desire during the general election. But primaries should be where those affiliated with the major parties choose their best candidates to go forward. Would the Phoenix Suns want the Lakers selecting their players?

Valdez does include this telling quote from Vincent Hutchings, a professor of political science at the University of Michigan, who concedes “A large percent of these people [registered Independents] are closet partisans.” Hutchings works with American National Election Studies, which has been surveying the electorate in pre-and post-election interviews since 1948. “They are not changing the way they view the world by registering Independent,” he said.

His comment brings to mind Colleen Coyle Mathis, the problematic “Independent” chairwoman of Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission, the panel charged with reconfiguring legislative and congressional district boundaries. Mathis’ husband, Christopher, a Democrat lawyer, served as treasurer for a Democrat legislative candidate in 2010 and the duo donated to other Democrat candidates.  As chair, Mathis’ tie-breaking vote with the commission’s Democrat members resulted in the hiring of Strategic Telemetry –  a  company with strong ties to high-profile Democrats as the mapping consultant. Registering as an Independent served as a cloak to conceal her actual bent.

Who would have guessed that Ken Strasma, the national target director of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign is president of Washington D.C. based Strategic Telemetry?

People align themselves with political parties for a reason. The two major parties stand for very different principles.  Those core values are outlined in the Republican and Democrat Platforms.  For insight, read them. Then ask yourself, what registered Independents stand for.

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8 Responses to Gutting political parties, blurring core lines

  1. chick says:

    That’s the reason for joining a political party; ideas and platform. If the Idependents wish to find their own candidates and run them, there is nothing to stop them.
    The more I read from Valdez and ilk the more sorry I feel for the non editorial content employees losing their jobs. The RAG is a hard sell. Too bad all those effected by Valdez, Montini, Roberts, Gonzales, Wing-nutt, etc. Can’t do a thing about it. Lovely is finishing the job Willey started.

  2. GreenAcres says:

    Did my shopping today. Stacks and stacks of AzRepub newspapers still sitting in the stores. Good.

    Maybe they should just publish in Spanish and complete their journey to the dark side.

  3. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    What a swell idea for liberals! They’ll rejoice at doing away with having to identify with the party that promoted Marxist Barack Hussein Obama into the presidency. This is a custom fit. And thanks for reminding us about “Independent” Colleen Mathis. What a joke. What actually makes me angry is the fact that Gov. Jan Brewer ultimately walked away from fully pursuing this matter. Mathis is about as independent as I am, and I’m not!

  4. Orion says:

    I was unaware of the connections between Colleen Mathis, Strategic Telemetry, and the Obama campaign. Doing some further checking I found the organization is a go-to big name in Democrat circles. Liberal New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is another of their leftie clients. Interesting that Mathis decided the mapping firm that was previously used wasn’t good enough this go around. Can’t help but wonder how she benefits from sending this huge contract Strategic Telemetry’s way…..

  5. truth or consequences says:

    Yes, and more…..they turned down an Arizona mapping company, which would have kept those jobs and dollars in Arizona. Oh, probably not union jobs so it wouldn’t be a priority to the Dems.

  6. Another LD11 PC says:

    I agree with the first commenter above, ideas and platform.

    That said when the GOP spawns candidates for office like McCain and Wes Gullet, is it any wonder why good Republicans get dissatisfied and go indie or NP?

    Or when otherwise reliable conservatives such as SeeingRed comes out in SUPPORT of Gullet? I could not believe what I read: seeingred endorsing people who endorse Democrats!

    • Seeing Red AZ says:

      Another LD 11 PC:
      Have you forgotten our steadfast support of Republican mayoral candidate Jennifer Wright during the primary?

      http://seeingredaz.wordpress.com/2011/05/15/mayoral-candidate-jennifer-wright-is-on-the-right-track/

      http://seeingredaz.wordpress.com/2011/08/08/phx-insider-defends-indefensible-admits-unions-run-city/

      http://seeingredaz.wordpress.com/2011/08/11/getting-it-wright-in-the-phoenix-mayor%E2%80%99s-race/

      The bright, conservative lawyer was also supported by Tea Party activists. Unfortunately she was not successful in the primary and we were left with union-backed liberal Greg Stanton or the far less than perfect Wes Gullett. In a display of unity and class, even Wright endorsed Gullett.

      The problem is low voter turnout in city elections. Those who do show up are unionists, including city employees not wanting to shake up their status quo, police officers, firefighters and your children’s teachers. Fear mongering is their game and they have honed it to an art form — telling Phoenix residents that first responders won’t be there for crimes or fires and their children’s classes will explode to 50 students.

      We need good conservatives to refute those claims and run for public office on every level. Are you prepared to stop grousing and put your money where your mouth is?

    • Stanford says:

      As I recall RINO Wes Gullett was only given softer treatment here AFTER he was the only candidate left standing who wasn’t a registered Democrat. This is a reliably conservative site, which is why I return so often. It is also pragmatic and deals with the realities of the sometimes less than optimum hand we are dealt. That was definitely the case in this mayor’s race.

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