Abrahamson: Republicans Too Ideological
(So Join the Democratic Party where we have no ideology)
Eric Abrahamson, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, thinks some Republicans have “lost their party” and are ready to change the political landscape of South Dakota.Read it all here. Abrahamson had a low statewide profile? I think they meant no statewide profile.
The 49-year-old Rapid City man said Friday during an interview with The Daily Republic that he plans to focus on bringing frustrated Republicans into the Democratic fold. He thinks some Republicans feel “strong-armed” by their party leadership’s unyielding stance on issues such as abortion.
“Moderate Republicans are at a loss at this moment as to where to go,” Abrahamson said. “They feel like they’ve been pushed out of the inner circle of the Republican Party.”
Abrahamson thinks Republicans are becoming too ideological, and he said ideologues make unsuccessful leaders. He stopped short, though, of calling Republican Gov. Mike Rounds an ideologue.
Abrahamson’s addition to the Billion ticket last month came as a surprise to some, given Abrahamson’s low statewide profile. Abrahamson said he accepted Billion’s invitation to the ticket because of their mutual views on three issues — the first of which, Abrahamson said, is the “political climate change” that he believes is happening in the state.
The second issue is education. The only elected office Abrahamson has ever held is his current seat on the Rapid City school board, but he said the position has made him “very aware” of how the hands of school officials are tied by leaders at the Capitol in Pierre.
Abrahamson said state funding levels are forcing schools to make budget cuts that are negatively affecting the quality of education. He supports Billion’s proposal to use more of the interest from various state trust funds to provide money for schools, and he advocates trying new methods of technology-based education to help small school districts operate more efficiently.
I have a bit of a problem with the statement "Moderate Republicans are at a loss at this moment as to where to go." Why would they need to go anywhere? The party is no more or no less the sum of it's parts. It is what the members choose to make of it.
I sat in a local GOP meeting a month or two ago where I listened to a long-time Republican and convention delegate complain that the party was "being taken over by evangelical types." (I thought I was Catholic, myself).
The best part? Neither the hide nor hair of that person made an appearance anywhere near the Watertown convention, despite saying they would. Somehow, it makes their somewhat prejudicial words ring very hollow. They're complaining about WHO is carrying water for the elephant, while they sit on their rear-end and watch others work.
Don't like the direction the party is going? Quit whining and grab a bucket. The Republican party is what you make it.