Winning “partisan extremists” targeted by losing radicals
Try to imagine a reasonable reaction to an energized GOP that was successful in retaking the U.S. House of Representatives. Couple that with the national achievements of the emerging tea party patriots. Now imagine viewing those triumphs through the lens of a liberal.
Therein lies the problem.
The daily’s Mary Jo Pitzl appears to be exhibiting inky ecstasy as she attempts to describe what she calls a “multipartisan group” that is launching a ballot measure to abolish party primaries in Arizona. They are frustrated with an election system that they feel favors partisan extremists, Pitzl tells us.
If your antenna have begun reaching skyward, you’re right on target. The group — Arizona Open Government Coalition — is actually radically left of center, with the ultimate goal of replacing traditional primaries with a single-primary system open to all voters. Under this proposal, the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, would advance to the general election.
Got that? With this vile plan voters could conceivably have two people of the same party running as opponents — preferably both Democrats — in the general election, restricting our choices. Clearly this group abhors the ballot system Americans have fought and died to ensure.
The scheme would ultimately gut the parties and their fundraising on behalf of candidates.
In attempting to give this contrivance a semblance of reasonableness, Pitzl says, “this is not a foreign concept to Arizona: Many city governments use a similar system, including Phoenix and Mesa.” Apparently it’s escaped her notice that Phoenix city candidates are tired of the “non-partisan” fraud, and are campaigning as “Republican” (Jim Warning) or “Conservative” (Jennifer Wright). The voters want more information about their choices, not less.
Check out the names of the signers on to this ruthless charade: The coalition is directed by former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson a lifelong Democrat now cloaked as an Independent; Paulina Morris, a losing 2010 GOP candidate for Congress, who leans left; Carolyn Allen, a former Republican state senator who often voted with Democrats and Joe Yuhas — one of the state’s top Democrat strategists. Former Pinnacle West (parent company of AZ Public Service) Chairman Bill Post, earning more than $5 million in retirement compensation, has plenty of time and resources for such erratic dabbling.
AZ Democrat Party chairman Andrei Cherny gave no official party position but on a personal basis Cherny said he likes the idea. What a surprise! The state Republican and Libertarian parties wisely did not return calls seeking comment.