Monday, September 19, 2016
For the Record: James Dickey for TCRP....(and #NEVERTRUMP)
"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan."
We haven't commented upon the TCRP vacancy. Largely, that's because we don't support the deranged cretin the Republican party nominated for president. It's also because we're not a member of the executive committee and thus don't have a vote.
That being said, a number of people have inquired as to our thoughts, and it's probably time to say publicly what we've been saying privately for two weeks: to the extent that we care, we fully support James Dickey.
In February, when we endorsed James in the primary, we wrote: "Since James Dickey became county chairman two years ago, the Travis County Republican party helped put the first two conservatives EVER on the Austin City Council. The Travis County Republican party has a DA candidate on the ballot for the first time since we've lived here....Why mess with a good thing?!?" To the extent that we care about the Republican party, those sentiments still apply.
Events of the ensuing months have revealed James' character and leadership skills. While we view the Robert Morrow interregnum as delightfully good fun and the two party system's just desserts, it nevertheless produced unique and unprecedented challenges for the organization. James' grace, humility, and wisdom during this period were obvious to anyone paying even casual attention. If anything, the fact that Robert Morrow and Matt Mackowiak have both endorsed James tells you everything you need to know.
Here's the thing: Deranged cretin notwithstanding, there are several strong Republican candidates running in Travis county this cycle. Maura Phelan is the only choice to introduce integrity (and basic competence) in the District Attorney's office. Joe Martinez, running for sheriff, is a champion for the rule of law. Gabriel Nila is doing the Lord's work in HD-46. Deke Pierce is a credible constable candidate. In western Travis County, while we didn't support him in the primary, a mediocre incumbent like Gerald Daugherty (Commissioner's court, precinct 3) still sucks less than whatever hack the D's are running against him. And James helped recruit every single one of them (except Gerald).
Looking to 2018, James is the only person in this race we trust to recruit a credible candidate for Travis County Judge.
Bottom Line: At this point, it's impossible to forecast the deranged cretin's impact. That being said, there's a lot one can accomplish at the local level regardless of the details of how this ongoing national bi-partisan dumpster fire unfolds. On that note, if anyone can salvage something from the Republican party, it's James Dickey.