The troubling answer is inept AZ GOP leadership
It’s campaign season and fundraising is an integral part of the equation. It takes money for candidates to get their messages to the voters. We get that.
What is perplexing is the latest missive from AZ GOP chairman Jonathan Lines. You know the one we mean. It’s the AZ GOP Daily Update! The salutation of which he inexplicably opens with an ill-placed exclamation point and then goes on to declare it, “The Only Official Newsletter of the Arizona Republican Party!” (There’s that pesky misplaced exclamation point again.) Wonder who he’s taking pot-shots at? Could be the actual daily, fact-filled Maricopa County GOP newsletter most conservative precinct committeemen read, that includes otherwise not seen insider information including calendared meetings and events?
Lines obliviously asks, “Have you seen the news about California billionaire Tom Steyer? (He inventively spells the guy’s name two different ways in the same “official” newsletter.) “Steyer has decided that ARIZONA is the perfect target for his out-of-touch liberal agenda.”
“He’s already pumping money into a left-wing ballot initative (Oops. Another misspelling.) focused on solar energy that would devastate rural Arizona and send the cost of electricity SKYROCKING. An ASU professor has even called it “folly” and “totally divorced from physics reality,” Lines writes.
“Styer has also promised to spend $30 million to elect Democrats in states he thinks liberals can win, including Arizona.” “We can’t let this happen. It’s our grassroots supporters that make a difference,” Lines somberly intones.
No right thinking Republican disagrees with that. But the elephant-in-the-room unasked question is, “What has suddenly made Arizona vulnerable to such an incursion?”
The incomprehensible answer is Arizona Republican leadership that remained mute in the face of Arizona’s two Obama colluding U.S. Senators — John McCain and Jeff Flake — repeatedly denigrating Donald Trump, who was victorious over 16 other Republican Primary candidates, sweeping the entire United States with his “Make America Great Again” message and talking about securing and protecting our national border? Did Lines or Robert Graham before him, ever attempt to rein them in? The answer is a resounding “NO!” The Flakey McMachine has hastened the susceptibility to such an attempted coup with their own vicious attacks, sanctimonious declarations of never voting for Trump, and denouncing him from the senate floor. McCain even hand carried the Hillary-generated and now discredited so-called “dossier’ intended to discredit President Trump, to the FBI director.
Rather than sounding the alarm about Steyer (or is it Styer?) long after the fact, Jonathan Lines should have reined in Arizona’s substandard Republicrats, emulating RNC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel as she took Jeff Flake to the political woodshed. Leadership is shown by comporting one’s self as a leader when the need arises, not by cowering and whining after the fact.