Say what? Yep, in Federal Court the GOP is suing the Sec. of State for Idaho (who is a Republican). Yes. in a way, it's like Mad Magazine's old Spy vs Spy....
It is a trial of huge proportions, because it is a trial the outcome of which will mold the future of the state - who will run for office, who will serve in office and what policies will be followed for education, for the sanctity of life, for spending and for so many other vital issues.
It's a big deal. Big enough to go to Federal Court....
Today and tomorrow, in that Federal Court, the character of the Idaho Republican Party will be on trial. Those of us who have been leaders in the Republicans will be weighed in the balance. Will we be found wanting?
Too dramatic? Too harsh?
Not at all.
For those blog readers who are unaware of the specifics, here goes:
- Idaho has an Open Primary every two years. Any voter can approach their local voting booth area and say "Today I am a Republican" and vote in that fashion. They can just as easily ask for the ballot of the Democratic Party or the Green Party. The target of this voter change tends to be individual Democratic members voting as Republicans, in order to change the outcome of the election. (I do not believe for a moment that the Democratic Party is actively engaged in this issue - just special interests who have Democratic Party leanings.)
- Specifically, in doing so, those who do not REALLY believe in Republican principles and party beliefs "cross over" and vote according to their own particular "party" beliefs.
- When the votes are tallied, there is no true Republican "nominee", because there was no true Republican vote. The "cross over" vote skewed the results.
How can we tell if this happened. Try this on:
- Voter "drop off" is defined as the statistical reality that when a voter goes into a voting booth and starts at the top of the ticket, they cast a vote but by the bottom of the ticket he or she decides to NOT cast votes, due to unfamiliarity of the lesser known candidates.
- As an example, in Presidential years, the voter casts his/her vote for President and then looks down the candidate lists for the other offices. Confidence may dictate that the voter chooses to cast a vote for US Senator and US Representative. But then the voter sputters at the legislative offices and simply leaves the spaces blank.
- The "drop off" is always there and it is always significant.
And yet, when "cross over" votes happen, statistical abnormalities occur. Some special interests, through their PACs will suggest that a particular legislative candidate is "anti us", so members who are not supporters of the Republican agenda will, in that district, turn up on election day and say "Today I am a Republican" and cast their votes in the fashion that benefits their special interest, but does NOT reflect the tenets of the GOP.
And statistical "spikes" occur for that race...and only that race. In some cases, the amount of voters who vote for a lower level race will EQUAL the amount who voted for President. That simply does not occur unless "other forces act" on the voter turn out....(Newton's Law of inertia applies to politics, too.)
And the Republican Party candidate who does adhere to the platform loses.
Therefore, the Idaho Republican Party is suing to have a "Closed Primary" having only those members vote who call themselves Republicans.
After all, what is an organization if it does not have "members"?
Why do I know candidates lose like this?
Because I was one of those candidates who lost and statistically should have won, more than once.
I am also one of those candidates who was deposed for this Federal Court case.
So today, I will be in Court following the arguments, blogging as I can.
Follow me, if you wish. I'd be honored to have you with me.