Judson Bennett sent out this email today. Listen to the show tonight for my “discussion” about it:
In the wake of constant attacks, veiled threats, radio ads on WGMD, and a voracious letter writing campaign including a caustic letter to the editor by Cape Henlopen School Board member, Sandi Minard, Ron Sams will resign in May. The accuracy of her statements have come into question, but that no longer matters.
Indeed,as did most of the party faithful leaders and elected officials, Sams supported moderate Republican Mike Castle in the past election. However, after the primary, he did endorse Christine O’Donnell. That wasn’t good enough for the emerging social conservatives who are taking over the Sussex region. “Either you are a pure conservative or not–there is no compromise”, says one previous candidate, Eric Bodenweiser who barely lost to former 37th District Representative Joe Booth in a State Senate race.
Local Lewes activist, Rich Anthony had this to say in a recent e-mail to me:
I was raised in a staunch Republican home, registered as a Repub @ age 21 and changed my registration only when my party couldn’t field a viable candidate for Gov. I decided to change my registration because I believed that one Dem Primary candidate was absolutely unfit and viewed the actual Gov race as the Dem Primary.
Now, in the face of the fractionalized breakdown of the party, I doubt that there is any way the Repub party can be reunited – Sussex Co in particular, DE in general or … Nationally. A comprehensive examination of the several local factions would probably reveal some small ideal that could be embraced BUT, given the antics of the radical and disruptive factions in the Sussex Co Republican Party I doubt mainstream Repubs would say that any one or any combination of the factions represent their views or speak for them. And, after 40 years as a Repub, it is a tragically sad demise to witness. The Repubs have become their own worst enemies and all the Democrats have to do is sit silently and wait. So far, the Repub course and rhetoric appears to be self destructive. I believe the “new wave Repubs” had their 10 mins of fame in 2010, I don’t see the new wave prevailing …
Well folks, there you have it–The Grand Ole Party (GOP) in Delaware ain’t so Grand any more. Will a leader emerge who can reunite the party? Since compromise is the essence of Democracy, I’m not sure the Republicans will be able to win elections ever again in this state with this limited and narrow philosophy. Time will tell. So be it for now.
JUDSON Bennett–Coastal Network
Chris Slavens has his own analysis here.