While the jury is out nationally on a Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan ticket, the pair is a “dream team” for the “old guard” of our local GOP contingent.
It will help embolden the hard-right wing of the local GOP — and already is. It will lead to some highly charged rhetoric from hard-right locals in the November election — and already is.
The addition of Ryan — a hero among the tea party, Tom McClintock and others — also will threaten to unravel a gradual move toward a more moderate and representative local GOP leadership.
The group has long been run by the hard right.
The Romney-Ryan “dream team” also is likely to be used to steer the dialogue and gain influence in local nonpartisan races, though — thankfully — the most controversial ones (Nate Beason v. Sue McGuire for District 1 supervisor, for example) already have been decided.
In Grass Valley City Council races, outspoken Democratic candidates might use the Romney-Ryan ticket as a way to invigorate the often-apathetic left.
In the end, most of us are in the middle. And our rural County needs to build bridges with the rest of our state and nation — not burn them.
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