Russ Steele is crowing that Tom McClintock’s comment about the need to “agitate in every forum you can” and “take back” the White House is a call to arms for the hard right and disciples like him.
The remarks (listen to the video) came at a big hard right pow-wow — the Western Conservative PAC — which I previously reported.
Though attending this Newport Beach event, Tom has been a “no show” at candidate forums in our rural district — here and in Plumas County — where many of our problems are nonpartisan.
Is this the right approach, where Tom’s “my way or the highway” style is tearing apart the local GOP — and Republicans throughout the foothills for that matter?
Moderate GOPers complain that Tom’s rigid ideology comes at the expense of pragmatism. They depend on him to help land money for roads, broadband, schools and other programs.
In addition, is it working? Tom’s political endorsements were big losers in June (Poizner, Aanestad, DeVore, most of the propositions, and locals such as Barry Pruett, an ill-qualified candidate).
His latest “political baby” — Prop. 23 — is headed for defeat, too, I predict.
Is Tom learning from that? Nope. he adds, it’s time to “take back” the White House. This rhetoric reminds me of his remark that it’s time to replace the “left wing” clerk recorder in our county — something that never materialized.
Tom was elected to represent a small Congressional district in rural California, with many nonpartisan problems. His record in tackling them has been mixed, at best. Many people are asking “What has he done for us?”
This video is very telling about Tom’s grander ambitions. Our 4th district voters should listen up.