You’d think with the CAGOP at 27% and falling that Conservatives would get a message. There is a term I refer to called “Ideological Narcissism”. This is the believe that since my stances on the issues are morally pure that I will refuse pragmatism, any sort of compromise and will tilt out on a vainglorious campaign regardless of who gets hurt.
Elements of the Tea Party California Caucus and the remnant of the CRA leadership led the opposition to the California Impact Republicans Charter. These were the same groups that opposed the charter of the Log Cabin Republicans. Apparently they believe a small, insular GOP is the way to go. This, ironically was the attack used against the moderate Republicans years ago when I first got involved in the CAGOP. What a circle.
The Log Cabin Republicans are a gay rights group. They tend be be on the left of the GOP.
Quoting the CIR’s Statement of Values:
We Are Pro-Gun – The Second Amendment was created for security and stability. We believe attempts to curb and limit the 2nd Amendment are an attack on freedom.
We Are Pro-Family – We believe that the traditional, nuclear family is the backbone of society. We believe that an agenda-free educational system based on sound fundamentals is critical to our future, including alternatives to the government education systems.
We Are Pro-Life – We believe in protecting life at all stages, from pre-born to elderly, including the disabled.
Whoops. Now what do the Log Cabin Republicans and the CIR have in common other than opposition led by the CRA’s Pol-Pot Bellied Information Minister Thomas N Hudson, Steve “Gerbilhead” Frank and Deborah Jackson? Not a whole lot other than the word Republican.
None of them attempted to derail the Charter of the CIR in the Volunteer Committee. They attempted deceptive tactics on the floor designed to confuse delegates. These included a motion to oppose, a motion to table, a motion to extend debate and a motion to end debate on the motion to extend debate. This confusion almost succeeded in delaying the inevitable charter of the CIR.
Last I checked, deception is not a Conservative value. Both Steve Frank and Thomas N Hudson are irrelevant and are widely disdained within the CRP and their opposition likely solidified support for the CIR’s Charter on the Floor. Both of them are relics of the past when do as I say, not as I do Conservatives were in positions of influence within the CRP.
I am sure Deborah Jackson had some important points to make as she was also the lone no vote against re-electing Jim Brulte CRP Chairman and Re-Electing Deborah Wilder CRP Secretary. She never got a chance to enlighten the delegates as debate was truncated in the Hudson-Gerbilhead induced confusion.
Not to be ignored was Baron Night who leveled a personal attack from the CRP floor earning a rebuke from the Party Chairman. It is nice to know that the CRA will be the CRA, ever placing personalities over principles.
It is indeed True that the Moderates are in charge of the CAGOP. They are in charge for a variety of reasons, understanding unity far better than conservatives, understanding personal consistency far better than conservatives, understand the concept of winning elections and lastly the conflict avoidance of a generation of conservative leaders within the CAGOP structure that created a leadership vacuum.
The bottom line, the moderates said, these are the rules. (Ironically that were created under the tenure of Fleischman / Schroeder specifically to make chartering the Log Cabin Group impossible) Then a group of Conservatives followed the rules. The moderates said, yes, you followed the rules and are eligible for a charter. Then a group of conservatives said, no we don’t want them to get a charter.
Got it? This is what happened courtesy of Thomas N Hudson, Gerbilhead and others. The CIR was chartered overwhelmingly.
They can go debate and pass meaningless resolutions. The CIR is going to go win some elections.
Thank you to the CAGOP establishment, most of whom are to the left of the CIR, for chartering our organization. Thank you to the Conservatives within the Tea Party Caucus and the CRA that did not follow their misguided leadership, but supported us as well.