by Dr. Ed Berry
When John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln, he thought he was going to be a hero. He was wrong. He became the most despised man of his era. America rounded up Booth’s accomplices and hung them. Assassination politics gains similar public despise. No one likes an assassinator.
When some 18,000 Libertarian voters, led by the likes of Oath Keepers’ Stewart Rhodes, Liberty Fellowship’s Chuck Baldwin, Libertarian candidate Dan Cox, tea party leader Rick Breckenridge and others whom I will not yet mention, politically assassinated Republican candidates Rick Hill for governor and Denny Rehberg for US Senate in the 2012 Montana election, they trashed the hopes and dreams, the money and work of 220,000 conservative voters who needed only 7600 additional votes to win.
The collateral damage of their political assassination of Hill and Rehberg helped take out Republicans Brad Johnson for Secretary of State, Sandy Welch for Superintendent of Public Schools, and Derek Skees for State Auditor. Had these political assassinators been positive rather than negative, all conservatives could have won.
On the flip side, some liberal Republicans who played assassination politics almost took out Roger Koopman for PSC. It cuts both ways and both sides must stop their assassination politics.
“Don’t Play Assassination Politics” also applies to our present legislature.
For example, the Senate Committee hearing SB 180 may decide to block SB 180 because they think one of the alternative bills may be better. The proper and ethical way to serve the people who elected them is to approve SB 180 and its competitive bills. Then the whole legislature can decide between the alternatives.
What about the leaders of the Libertarian vote?
All conservatives lose when a minority of voters, who cannot successfully field a winnable candidate of their own in the primary election, then sabotage the work of the majority in the final election.
Now, these political assassinators have the gall to demand the 220,000 Republican voters move in their political direction and give them more say in the Republican Party.
Sorry. They rolled a bomb into the Republican tent. And now they expect appreciation? What kind of distorted minds do these people have? They don’t deserve to be in the Republican Party and the Republican Party would lose votes if it followed their demands.
The political assassinators have not shown they can lead or win. They will not work with the majority of voters which is necessary to win elections. Their assassination attitude is diametrically opposed to the way good Americans work together to accomplish a goal. They focus on what they don’t like about a candidate rather than on what we can like about a candidate. Theirs is not a political position. Theirs is a political attitude.
The political assassinators are are not compatible with the Republican Party. They are like a cancer demanding to take over the body. The Republican Party should politically hang the political assassinators just like Americans hung Booth’s conspirators.
What then should the Republican Party do?
The Montana Republican Party must elect a new state chairman. The Republican leadership failed miserably in promoting Republican candidates. They even played their own assassination politics on select Republican candidates which is sufficient reason alone to fire them. To succeed, the Republican Party cannot allow any political assassinators in party leadership positions. The Republican Party needs leaders who know how to lead.
Where will Republicans get their votes?
If the Republican Party will mount a good marketing campaign, they would easily capture the allegiance of half of those who voted Libertarian. That is enough. In addition, they would get many more independents to vote Republican and more Republicans to vote.
Republican Party does not need or want the 1 percent who are political assassinators. If included in Republican administrative positions, political assassinators would destroy the success of a Republican marketing campaign and drive away voters. Most voters despise political assassinators as much as they do the assassination conspirators of President Lincoln.