The Moderate Washingtonian

Outlook on politics and elections in the state of Washington from an overall centrist viewpoint. My views tend to be libertarian in nature, but at the same time are largely nonpartisan.

26 February 2007

Ammons: Why the GOP keeps losing elections

Linked above is a superb article by David Ammons from the other day (hat tip to Whacky Nation) about the flight of Dan Evans Republicans away from the increasingly right-wing GOP, and how Rep. Fred Jarrett is the last one sticking around to fight. The underlying theme plays on what myself and others have been saying since before the election, that the state GOP is absolutely failing to adapt to changing political attitudes and would rather run right-wingers everywhere than challenge the swing districts.

To their credit, they have lately been pretty good about running moderates or at least moderate-talking conservatives for major offices, but downright suck at finding good candidates for downballot races. This isn't to say there aren't any suitable candidates out there, or that they aren't willing to run. Case in point, former Rep. Renee Radcliff Sinclair is running for the Snohomish County Council this year, and is likely to face fellow former Rep. Mike Cooper for an open swing seat. Radcliff Sinclair represents the classic Evans Republican wing of the GOP, and will be difficult to beat in a swing district, even against as strong a candidate as Cooper. This is the type of candidate the GOP must run in swing and Democratic-leaning districts if they care about being a part of government in this state. Otherwise, we're well on our way to being a miniature California.



At 11:27 PM, Anonymous Whacky said...

Renee's race has already caught the interest of the Mainstream Republicans. Renee served on the board for a time in the 90's. You can expect us to get behind her.

At 12:22 AM, Blogger TMW said...

That's good to hear. Though I'd classify it as a marginal-GOP seat, Cooper is a strong candidate for the Democrats and it could easily flip if the GOP doesn't nominate somebody good. Fortunately, I think she's an ideal candidate for them.

At 11:14 AM, Blogger Willis said...

I'm not so sure that that district is swing any more - it's represented in Olympia by Sen. Darlene Fairley (D), Rep. Maralyn Chase (D), Rep. Ruth Kagi (D), Sen. Paull Shin (D), Rep. Mary Helen Roberts (D), and Rep. Brian Sullivan (D) (and if you count the small sliver of the 1st LD, then you get three more Ds representing the district). I think that she's a good candidate, but I'll contend that given how much the district has changed since she last represented parts of it, her candidacy is pretty much DOA.

Oh, and Cooper is good.

Please though, Mainstream Republicans (or any Republicans for that matter), pour a bunch of your resources into this race (that'll keep it from being spent in races where you could actually win....)!

At 11:32 AM, Blogger Patrick said...

TMW, some very interesting non-partisan races coming up in Seattle; more soon.

I too enjoyed the article by Ammons, actually read it in the Centralia Chronicle over the weeknd while I was down that way.

Fred Jarret is very sharp, and is making headway on transportation issues. Nice to know he is close with Clibborn, too.

Did you see this post on the search for "green-speaking" Republicans at Sound Politics? It was picked up by HorsesAss and David Postman...

At 3:20 AM, Blogger TMW said...

"I'm not so sure that that district is swing any more" - Willis

I think it is. The term-limited incumbent is a moderate Republican, so a liberal Republican should stand a fighting chance in an open seat. Cooper is indeed good, though.

"Did you see this post on the search for "green-speaking" Republicans at Sound Politics?" - Patrick

I did see that SP post, actually. I think there are a sizable minority of Republicans who are green-friendly, though most SP readers would likely immediately dismiss them as RINOs.


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