McKenna proposes worthwhile changes, but leaves one out
As a longtime voter, I was pleased to see Rob McKenna’s statement of changes needed by the GOP [“A reset button for Washington state’s GOP,” Opinion, March 31]. I first voted in November 1952, casting votes for Dwight Eisenhower and other Republicans. I’ve voted in every election since, but with much less support for Republican candidates in recent years. The changes he recommended, plus one more, could earn my votes again.
McKenna omitted one important change that needs to be made if the GOP hopes to get popular respect and support: Its congressional members need to stop being influenced by big business and big-money interests.
Oregon’s former senator and maverick Wayne Morse, referring to congressional members, said something like, “Once they get bought and paid for, they stay bought and paid for. They think that’s integrity.” When we see the GOP senators’ reluctance to correctly tax those interests, that statement seems as pertinent now as it did some 40 years ago.
— H.W. Petersen, Bellevue
Republican Party fails to separate itself from extremists, loses votes
The problem with Republicans is not the delivery system, going to minority neighborhoods, or getting out the message. It is the message itself. Here is the real problem, Rob McKenna: Your political party makes no effort to separate itself from the cranks and extremists within the Republican Party that garner the most local and national attention for their “out of the mainstream” points of view. These are the people whose views came to represent the Republican Party because Republicans allowed them to do so, and in doing so, Republicans gave control of the U.S. Senate to the Democrats.
You and I can both name five states in the last two years that should have elected a Republican, but didn’t due in large part to the extreme views of the Republican senatorial nominees themselves. Until the Republican Party quits catering to the extreme points of view of these people, you and your fellow Republicans will continue to lose the votes of people like myself. If you don’t believe me, just ask Karl Rove.
— David C. Sherbrooke, Bellevue