Robb: “…another disappointing attempt to change election outcomes by changing the rules”
Columnist Robert Robb has done a masterful job of explaining the deception behind the ballot initiative facing Arizona voters this November. In ‘Top-2 primary’ no magic pill for moderation, he unmasks the misleading charade of “Open Election/Open Government” with the bright transparency of these opening words:
“A little honesty and sobriety is in order about the top-two primary system initiative that apparently will be on the November ballot. The purpose of the initiative should be stated plainly and bluntly: It is to reduce the influence of conservative Republicans in Arizona.The rhetoric used to sell it will be more lofty. There will be a pretense of deploring extremism on both sides of the political divide. But what’s driving the initiative isn’t a concern that the Democrats who get elected in Arizona are too liberal. It’s a call-to-arms reaction to a bone-deep belief that the Republicans who run Arizona are too conservative.”
That should be more than enough to whet any conservative’s appetite for the rest of his commentary. Read it here.
It’s not what you’d expect to see in the pages of the leftwing Arizona Republic, which has made pushing this agenda a unified effort engaged in by reporters, editorialists and columnists –who must receive marching orders pumped into their ears through nocturnal subliminal messaging between 2:00 and 4:00 a.m.
We’ve been down this road before with other skillfully titled ballot initiatives that have turned out to be more blunderous than ingenious endeavors, falling far short of the grand promises made to citizens by devious proponents with ulterior motives. As an example, Democrat Paul Johnson, a onetime Phoenix mayor is co-chairing the initiative. And what a surprise — he has reregistered as an Independent to give this clunker a push.