Now that I’m a Georgian, I try to write about things Georgian in nature. Tonight, I’m going Yankee…
…I moved here from a city outside Chicago called Crystal Lake. I still own a condo there (it’s where I summer, obvi) and have a good number of friends I stay in contact with. Today, one such friend let me know an election board removed her from the ballot in the upcoming Republican Primary. Losing sucks, and losing before you get to jump onto the field of play sucks even more, but I think she’ll be the first to admit it that it’s probably her fault and a great learning experience for the next time around. Admittedly, it’s not a big deal. See, in Illinois, you run as a candidate for the “elected” position of Republican Party precinct committeeman. Since Illinois’ qualification rules require petition signatures, you have to go through the same rigmarole as the Gubernatorial candidates do. That includes the challenging of petitions, which means lawyers, hearings, and procedures. Yeah, it’s fun, and that’s where my friend screwed up. By the end of her hearing, she did not have the required number of signatures to qualify as a candidate and therefore removed.
You’d think that would be the end of it, but it isn’t. Enter “RegimeOver” who apparently has killed the Leviathan with the slaying of Ms. Melissa Denker as precinct committeeman. Cal Skinner, another old acquaintance from the Illinois stomping grounds, runs his McHenry County Blog and reported the story today where this comment appeared. Naturally, with Melissa both being a friend and sheer stupidity being an enemy, I thought I had to engage.
I don’t know to what degree stupidity is a commendable quality, but Republicans generally don’t seem to be in short supply these days. I really, really want to believe we Republicans have more substantive stuff to talk about than a 21-year old’s citizenship. More importantly, I wish we could have some fruitful conversations where loaded questions like that were never asked. After all, it’s a loaded question from the start and merely asking it says “Prove my suspicion wrong…” We wonder why Republicans in Congress cannot find the legitimacy to govern effectively or even the legitimacy to get elected to the position in which they could govern. At a very deep level, it only builds on the fear and foreboding I have that Republicans are driving down a path of unintellectual, overly emotional reactionism on everything. We’re better than. We need to be.
Democrats play the unintellectual, overly emotional reactionism game much better than we do.