Friday, June 1, 2012

The Delaware GOP: can you tell the difference between a corpse and a zombie?

Over at Delaware Politics, they are pursuing the electoral fantasy that Mitt Romney has some sort of chance of winning the state this year.  (He doesn't stand a chance in hell.)  Michael P. Borgia (Lucretia's longlost descendant, one supposes) confidently predicts a landslide.  Jonathan Moseley invokes God, some twit posting as Colonial Republican thinks everybody the GOP establishment has pissed off throughout the party will slap each other on the back and drink enough beers so that they'll start doing what they are told again.

Meanwhile, the natives--far from being ready to shoulder the GOP establishment's burden--are getting restless.

The Delaware Tea Party is reorganizing for action, and in the face of bad treatment by what passes for the GOP establishment here in the First State, at least a few of its members seem to be contemplating some sort of third-party option.

Primaries abound:  upstart Izzo versus Kovach.  Urquhart versus Lopez.  These guys should be so lucky as to have Ned Beattie's brother for comic relief.

Party registration in Delaware runs Dem over GOPer by something like 45-29.

And in the face of all this, the Delaware GOP has no plans to do anything but denigrate libertarians, alienate tea partyers, and ignore Ron Paul supporters, while pretending they still have a functional political party.

They don't.  And with a little luck, this year you're really going to see Delaware provide a test case for the final implosion of a once-major political party.

Speaking as a Libertarian--it can't happen soon enough.


tom said...

As of May 2012 it's 47% D, 29% R, and 24% "All Others", which is the Dept, of Elections' way of saying 3rd Parties & unaffiliated.

But if you break it down by General Assembly districts, the picture gets much more interesting in several ways that the DE GOP's so-called Leadership are unwilling to even acknowledge in public:

1. After the redistricting, there are 12 of 21 Senate seats and 19 of 41 House seats that Republicans can not win even if they get nearly all of the 3rd party votes and many of the Democrats stay home.

2. By contrast, there are no safe Republican seats, and only 3 Senate and 6 House seats that Republicans even have a chance of winning w/o substantial help from 3rd party & unaffiliated voters and or defection by Democrats.

3. There are 7 Senate districts and 12 House districts where "All Others" outnumber Republicans, and only a few districts where All Others does not constitute a very substantial swing vote.

Will McVay said...

There's also an invasion on in the 32nd RD. The number of Republicans supporting it, it should be more accurately called a liberation.