Monday, August 07, 2006

Ronald Reagan's Eleventh Commandment

In his own words:
The personal attacks against me during the primary finally became so heavy that the state Republican chairman, Gaylord Parkinson, postulated what he called the Eleventh Commandment: Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican. It's a rule I followed during that campaign and have ever since.
This supposedly limits the viciousness of aggressive statements and rhetoric between two Party members during a Primary for any public office, and says nothing really about the existence of Primaries at all, especially in the case of an incumbent already in office and that incumbent being a member of the Party.

David C. Wilcox summarizes it thusly
It was proposed by State Republican Chairman Gaylord Parkinson to help prevent a repeat of the liberal Republican assault on Barry Goldwater that laid the foundation for Goldwater's trouncing in the 1964 presidential election. Just as Nelson Rockefeller and his East Coast cronies had branded Goldwater as an "extremist" who was unfit to hold office, so candidate George Christopher and California's liberal Republicans were leveling similar personal attacks on Reagan. Party liberals eventually followed Parkinson's advice, and the rest is history.
The rest of that article follows modern-day California politics and the supposed stringencies of partisanship as far as Party loyalty goes, along with the correlating stregnths. Apparently rejecting loyalty in favor of politicking and currying favor with the popular politicians, even the Democrats, is the in-thing. I'm not concerned with that; my biggest issue may be the limitations for challenging the incumbent if he is of your Party. Party loyalty then may fly out the window, but a good clean fight is still required, right?

On the other

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