Robert Robbed of memory on closed primary

The rest of us still have our wits about us. The symbol of the Republican Party is the elephant, noted for its long memory

Those of you who still read the daily fishwrap might have felt your jaw unhinge over what passed for a column by Robert Robb.

Robb claims that having a closed primary in 2010 wouldn’t have made a difference in the U.S. Senate race in which conservative former Congressman J. D. Hayworth challenged the self-identified “maverick” and amnesty proponent John McCain.  

And if you don’t buy that load of baloney, Robb throws another curve, opining that even though the Republican Party would be on sound legal ground to close the primary, to do so would be nothing short of a “PR blunder.”

Want more? He adds that a “non-partisan” or Top Two Primary which does away with parties selecting their own candidates to run in the General Election, would provide an actual solution. He blasts Republicans who desire a return to the closed primary system where registered Independents don’t have a hand in selecting our candidates, as “hard-bitten” and “hardliners.”

Robb writes the “GOP brass, however, have decided not to pursue such a court case,” completely ignoring  the fact that the “brass” are McCain operatives, aware that he benefits from having outsiders choose our candidates. The divide in the Arizona Republican Party over this major issue separates grassroots conservatives and the party elites as few issues have.

Robert Robb must think we’ve forgotten his prior stance on this critical election component.

 In July 2012 Robb had an entirely different mindset, in a column opening with these 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.”

Could job security be responsible for Robert Robb’s double-talking turnaround? His newfound opinion coincides with yesterday’s announcement of a shakeup of the honchos at the Arizona Republic as it undergoes a major “corporate transition.”

For a genuine insight into the compelling need to close Republican primaries refresh your memory with our April 13 post A. J. LaFaro dispels Robert Graham’s myth on closing Primary. It includes a letter to the members of the AZ GOP executive committee sent by immediate past Maricopa County Republican Chairman A.J. LaFaro, in which he lays out the case in detail. 

Closed primary resolutions were overwhelmingly passed by elected state delegates at the January 2014 and 2015 AZ GOP Statutory Meetings. Yet instead of being voted on at the April 18, 2015 executive committee meeting, state chairman Robert Graham, carrying McCain’s water, shut out Precinct Committeemen and scrapped the issue opposed by…..John McCain.

Get it?


15 Responses to Robert Robbed of memory on closed primary

  1. Attila The Hunny says:

    Somebody’s obviously gotten to Robert Robb. He’s now following in the proud tradition of legendary double talkers such as Jeff Flake…John McCain…and Hillary Clinton!!

  2. g smith says:

    It’s all what McCain & Kyl want. They selected and elected McSally who is just another sycophant to both of them.

  3. Not A McCainiac says:

    There was a time, admittedly years ago, when the Arizona Republic was a reliable newspaper disseminating news instead of a leftwing rag. It employed journalists rather than liberal toadies, and even had an op-ed page that ran columns that incorporated conservative vantage points along with others. Now its all leftwing issues of same sex “marriage” and how we need to acclimate to and welcome millions of invaders. We cancelled our subscription due to the fact that we were tired of having our intelligence insulted each and every morning before heading out the door. We work to support those on the dole.

  4. Dennis O'Brien says:

    Robert Robb’s newfound perspective is called job security.

  5. SmallGovt says:

    The Democrats are wringing their hands for joy as all this happens. They see the trend of the state to go Dem and censorship in the Republican party will only alienate and turn Arizona Democrat quicker.

    • East Valley PC says:

      The regal name Robert gained prominence after two early kings of France, two Dukes of Normandy, and three kings of Scotland, including Robert the Bruce who restored the independence of Scotland from England in the 14th century.

      Here in Arizona that once noble name has turned out to be the moniker of those trying to pull the wool over our eyes. Robb and Graham are living proof.

    • Fed Up says:

      As if you care.

      All this proves to me is that Sen. Kelli Ward better be prepared for the same barrage of negatively that JD Hayworth endured. The AZ GOP should stay out of the US Senate Primary, but like the SS Guard, Graham will just be “following orders.” After suffering the embarrassing state and county GOP censures, McCain saw to it that conservative precinct committeemen were replaced statewide. My compliant district chairman stands by meekly instead of speaking the truth. He’s part of the McFaction.

      • SmallGovt says:

        Not gonna happen…….and until there are term limits you will have this situation. Normally a qualified House member or Governor would run for Senate. JDH had the moxie and name recognition but now the qualified Republican ones are scared off. If Hillary runs, many Dems will happily take on McCain and one is very likely to win.

        Arizona should be a poster state for Libertarians and this a perfect situation but the Mormon vote pretty well nixes their chance.

    • East Valley PC says:

      It must have slipped your notice that Jeff Flake is a member of the LDS Church (Mormon) and is a Libertarian who ran for office as a Republican solely to get elected. Aside from being a lobbyist for African uranium mining interests in Namibia with financial ties to Iran, his only other private sector job was heading up the LIBERTARIAN (not Republican) Goldwater Institute. Pay attention!