First of all, congratulations to the Republican Party of Nevada who have somehow completed the monumental task of counting 33,000 votes in about 33 hours. That’s 1,000 votes per hour folks.
Party officials blame the delay on voting discrepancies and their old-fashioned voting method of using handwritten ballots.
I think the words “Party officials blame” should be considered the official slogan of the GOP.
Let’s just hope these numbers hold up. When Republicans count votes, things get muddled
I joked yesterday how Republicans are trying to portray themselves as the protectors of ballot sanctity, while being unable to count 33,000 votes. That bit about ballot sanctity is the fig leaf they present to hide their motives behind passing all these new laws making it more difficult to vote.
But leaving aside the issue of voter suppression (for now), let’s talk about competence. Republicans appear to be getting less competent as the demand for ideological purity grows within the party. We saw what happens when you put a horsing association lawyer in charge of FEMA. And we saw what happens when you send some 23-year old college grads over to Iraq to run the country, based on their ideology, rather than experience.
And with these incompetent Republican campaigns competing in contests managed by incompetent Republican party officials, it doesn’t appear that much has changed. Thirty-one years ago, Reagan said:
Government isn’t the solution to the problem; government is the problem.
I’m pretty sure Reagan didn’t mean that literally. I’m basing this opinion on the fact that he didn’t disband the government, sure, but also, he sort of did things while in office, like work with Democrats to shore up Social Security funding. And he seemed to value at least some competence in many of the people he appointed to, you know, govern.
What Reagan meant as a rhetorical applause line has become an ideological platform within the Republican Party. And it shows. When you don’t believe in the philosophy that government is both necessary and often a good thing, then you tend to not care as much about the qualifications for government positions. If government is only a “necessary evil” and it comes time to appoint the administrator for a government agency, one might look for ideological purity, rather than the best resume.