Grass-roots activists have watched state GOP chairman Ron Nehring drive the party into the ground -- and spend their money doing it. Nehring is a protege of open-borders, credibility-undermining Grover Norquist. It was under Nehring's watch that the California GOP hired Norquist's friend, Michael Kamburowski, to serve as the California Republican Party's chief operating officer in charge of the multimillion-dollar budget of the nation's largest state Republican Party -- despite being here illegally with no work visa or valid work permit.Two giants of the Right, in open conflict. Stay tuned.
The episode became the butt of late-night jokes, but neither Nehring nor Norquist suffered any consequences.
Show of hands: Who wants to watch Malkin and Norquist do an hour-long debate on Hannity?
UPDATE: In the comments below, Dark Horse doesn't like my suggestion of a shout-show talking-heads debate on Hannity, wants a full live debate, and accepts my alternative suggestion of Andrew Napolitano to moderate.
Meanwhile, I'm looking at Malkin's listing of the lavish expenses that California GOP boss Nehring ran up, prompting her to remark:
If he had something to show for it all, maybe it would be worth it. But what has he done? Flushed party dues down the toilet and the state GOP’s credibility and electoral prospects along with it:Which reminded me of something I wrote in a very long piece yesterday:
Never mind whether Consultant Y actually delivers winning campaign strategies. He's a longtime Republican who's got all the right friends, says all the right things, and wears the right "Reaganesque" suits, so he keeps getting hired and keeps losing elections. . . .If Malkin's aim is to do something about this smelly problem, she'll have a lot of support.
If people don't want to be in the "Big Tent" nowadays, maybe it's because they can't stand the stench of heaped-up bullshit.
UPDATE II: Ed Driscoll on the "Golden State Mobius Loop." You might also want to check out my post from February, "California: Zimbabwe U.S.A." Republicans would do better if they were willing to lose elections by standing full-strength against the parasitical public-employee unions, instead of trying the Schwarzenegger compromise approach. It's like trying to compromise with a shark -- there's no future in it for anyone except the shark.