August 27, 2013 at 7:15 AM
Susan Hutchison elected head of Washington state GOP
Young voters alienated
By electing Susan Hutchison as state chair, the Republican Party is further alienating young voters, newcomers and people who move to the suburbs. [“Hutchison elected to lead ‘ragtag army’ of state GOP,” NW Sunday, Aug. 25.]
Her speech didn’t suggest any new ideas to tackle the issues we are facing here, but rather stated, “We are right and they are wrong.” And her conspiracy theory of Democrats “stealing” the 2004 — repeat, 2004 — gubernatorial election is pathetic at best.
Unfortunately, her competition, Luanne Van Werven, doesn’t seem to be any better. By suggesting earlier this year that Rob McKenna lost his bid for the governor’s office by becoming too moderate, she clearly fails to recognize consistent voting trends as well as McKenna’s own moves.
It should be noted that many voters in King County voted for McKenna when he ran for state attorney general, trusting his intellect and integrity. But once in office he made some spectacular, uncalled-for moves that may have appeased some conservatives but alienated many others.
Unless the state GOP is going to become more inclusive, have a more realistic vision of what it wants to achieve and how, it will continue to use “the Obama machine hammered us” as an excuse for years to come.
Raanan David, Seattle
Missing the point
As the new chair of the state GOP, Susan Hutchison is still missing the point — not just because she wants to harp on unsubstantiated charges of fraud in the 2004 gubernatorial election, which could tend to put her in the wacko camp with all the other extreme conservatives.
The point she is missing is in the very nature of the voters themselves. State Democrats tend to vote altruistically, thinking: “Which candidate will do the most for the most people?” State Republicans tend to vote narcissistically, thinking: “Which candidate will do the most for me?”
Most voters around here seem willing to sacrifice a certain portion of self-interest in the hopes of improving society as a whole. Until the state GOP comes up with a platform that addresses issues from that viewpoint, it is destined to become a historical footnote like the Whigs of old.
Thomas Munyon, Marysville
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