Daily mocks aggrieved GOP PCs as “zealots” and “griping GOP faction”
When well over a thousand elected precinct committeemen of a political party assemble for a yearly county-wide mandatory meeting, it’s noteworthy. When the gathering of the officials are Republicans from Arizona’s most populous county — Maricopa — which includes Phoenix within its borders, that would ordinarily insure news coverage. But when the assemblage voted by a hefty 1,150 – 351 on a formal resolution to censure Arizona’s Republican senior senator John McCain, the state’s reliably liberal newspaper was uncharacteristically silent.
The censure resolution began with these words:
“As leaders in the Republican Party, we are obligated to fully support our Party, platform, and its candidates,” the formal censure resolution reads. “Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure our leaders. Today we are faced with both. For too long we have waited, hoping Senator McCain would return to our Party’s values on his own. That has not happened.”
The meeting which included the extraordinary reproach of McCain was held on Saturday, Jan. 11. At long last, on Thursday Jan. 16, the newspaper’s editors were finally able to pull their jaws from the ground and address this stunning rebuke of their favorite “maverick.” Since far too much time had elapsed for the issue to be addressed as a news item, they resorted to the editorial page in an attempt to wallop the elected committeemen, identified by the newspaper as “zealots,” and a “griping GOP faction.” The editorialist goes to the mat with the term “practitioners of blasphemy politics,” in an attempt to give cover to McCain, described as “put to the stake” by [his] own.
Such a verbal assault of dedicated party activists, who put their values to work on behalf of countless candidates and issues, is contemptible. However, it irrefutably identifies who the adamant McCain supporters are.
Know this. They are not mainstream conservative Republicans.