I appreciate local GOP leader Rich Ulery’s response on the Tom McClintock blog post. He stated his view without going down the “FUE” or “peeline” or other name calling route, something many of his like-minded political colleagues still don’t get. One day, I’m sure I will blurt out FY (but I’m holding back).
Having said that, my concern about Tom is what I’ve expressed all along: Is the “my way or the highway” approach constructive for our small rural community? Does it unite us or divide us?
•Tom says: “I remember struggling in the political vineyards for decades – knocking on countless doors for candidates, pounding in yard signs, stuffing envelopes hoping against all reason that someday, maybe in my lifetime, we would have a Republican President AND a Republican Congress – and then we could save our country.”
I can understand the frustration — from his perspective. But what about the reality? In our county, we are nearly evenly split between registered Republicans and registered Democrats with a large number of Independents. So how is that kind of rhetoric going to win people over? As Rich points out, Tom isn’t even publicly endorsing Meg Whitman, the GOP candidate for governor. He supported Steve Poizner instead, though he’s no longer in the race.
•The other vision: Why not reach out to the people that disagree with you rather than “reject” them (as Tom has in skipping out on some candidate forums here)? Tom thinks: “We need to put our time, energy and resources into those candidates who actually share our principles and to reject those – regardless of party – who have proclaimed, through word or deed – their hostility to those principles.”
But is that what we elected him for?
Tom sounds more like a CEO than an elected official. But he can’t “fire” us if we disagree with him. To the contrary, we can fire him.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in the debate over Prop. 23. Tom has his view and a lot of other people, including economic development leaders in our region, have theirs. (And I think our county supervisors are caught in a political quagmire of sorts — or rather they think they are).
So why not lead by example and learn from each other? It seems kind of simple in theory but has proven absolutely impossible in practice.
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