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February 19, 2004

GOP Sadness Continues

Honestly, I don't know what difference official party affiliation makes — as distinct from actual votes — but I think I'll be changing mine to Independent. Partisan fights that break the bounds of principle ought, of course, to be anathema to responsible politicians, but that can be accomplished by bending principle to avoid the appearance of impropriety, as well.

I'm sick of political compromise taking the form of submission, of discovering corruption being allowed to become more controversial than the corruption itself, and this reaction, to the Roger Williams College Republicans' "political parody" white-student scholarship, while minor, might be the last straw:

One of the harshest rebukes of the College Republicans so far has come from the chairman of the Republican National Committee.

In a letter sent to the student group Tuesday, Ed Gillespie said the scholarship is "contrary to the principles of the party I proudly chair" and severed all ties to the College Republicans.

The GOP "in no way supports this scholarship or the message of exclusion it conveys," he wrote. "I am at this time suspending the Roger Williams University College Republicans' right to use the symbols . . . of the Republican Party."

Well, Mr. Gillespie, I am at this time suspending the GOP's right to use my name for whatever purposes my voter registration entitles. And please stop wasting paper to beg me for money.

Posted by Justin Katz at February 19, 2004 12:09 PM

Politically, I am, and always have been, "unaffiliated".

Posted by: ELC at February 19, 2004 2:13 PM

My sentiments exactly. (although I am, for now, a 'registered' Republican.)

Did I mention "for now" ?

Posted by: Mark Miller at February 19, 2004 4:32 PM

One of the things I most like about the politics in the Commonwealth of Virginia is that one does have to declare a political affiliation when you register to vote.

Posted by: David Morrison at February 19, 2004 6:43 PM