Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Again for Chapman

Steve Chapman is in the paper again, and will go to court again..over his dead dog.

3 Comments:

At 5/11/2005 09:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, How many people do YOU know who have been charged because their dog ran loose?

If you know one, did it take them 8 months to file?

If you were king of the world, would you charge a person for leaving their dog loose if it escaped and was hit by a car?

SOMEBODY is gunning for Steve. If you know PW politics, you know there are people here who would do just about anything to get back at the anti-tax crowd which is sponsoring Steve. There is bad blood, but I would have hoped that, in our OWN PARTY, we could not stoop to filing charges against a guy because his pet was killed.

Remember when we used to welcome the chance every couple of years to listen to new ideas, and exercise our right to vote over what direction we want our government to go?

Maybe it was never that way, but when Steve started this campaign I doubt he was thinking about spending every day in court.

Why would anybody sign up for this? Any of you sure you didn't park your car funny six months ago?

 
At 5/11/2005 10:30:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

....the above is agreed

 
At 5/13/2005 03:53:00 PM, Anonymous Mitch Cumstein said...

Anonymous makes some good points. And you're right, "there are people here who would do just about anything to get back at the anti-tax crowd which is sponsoring Steve." The ultra-conservative wing of the county party is killing the committee, and some folks are just plain tired of it. With Chapman, though, there's more to it. He's just not a good candidate. He has some serious baggage, as we've seen all over the blogs and MSM. And, in my opinion, he doesn't have what it takes to be a good Delegate. If they'd put up a more legitimate candidate, things would be different. But they're really throwing Steve to the slaughter, and what's worse, I think they've known it from the beginning.

Maybe what you're seeing here is a different kind of backlash. Everyone's been spouting off about the anti-tax revolution. But I think the average voter, even Republicans, want honest, pragmatic government as opposed to the hardcore, vitriolic stance coming out of VCAP, etc. I, for one, am sick of seeing good Republicans hunted as "RINOs" just because they've made some compromises to keep government working. Let's face it, we need to overhaul the whole thing. I think everyone can agree on that. How to do it is where we all seem to disagree. And until we do, somebody has to step up to the plate, show some leadership and keep things moving forward. We can agree to disagree on whether Parrish and others made the right decision. But the way that the highly-vocal minority is going after him naturally leads to the moderates pushing back hard.

Finally, I do "remember when we used to welcome the chance every couple of years to listen to new ideas." The problem today is that new or differing ideas are being stomped on in favor of a strict, unwavering party line. I don't see how the party can survive, much less be effective, without allowing its members to hold opposing viewpoints on individual issues.

 

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