So, on Saturday I was talking to Terry Goddard and Bruce Babbitt. I bring this up because one benefit of this blog is it gives me the chance to name drop once in a while. Okay, more than once in a while. I mean, aren’t you impressed by all the important people I run with?
Anyhow, we ended up talking about Tom Horne. Both Babbitt and Goddard mentioned how they remember, way back when, that Horne was a young Democratic activist. I’ve heard this before. Sometimes, I wonder if his transition to the man whose rhetoric verges uncomfortably close to race baiting is a result of an actual ideological journey or political expediency taken way too far. It doesn’t matter, really. The results are the same.
Not so to the people at Sonoran Alliance. In one of their latest posts, they claim credit for Horne’s poor reception at a meeting of the arch-conservative PAChyderm Coalition. An attendee at the meeting handed out a copy of an earlier post detailing Horne’s “Democratic Activism.” The Alianza boys seem to have made making Horne unpalatable for a statewide primary their latest crusade, going so far as to encourage their readers to print out a PDF of their report to distribute at conservative meetings.
Hey, I’m tempted to say “Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Keep up the good work boys.” I said that his rhetoric gets close to race baiting because I’m trying to be charitable to the guy. At the very least, his jihad against ethnic studies programs is an attempt to use TUSD middle school students as a prop to further his political ambitions with little regard for the consequences.
Now here is the funny part: despite the record that Horne has built over the last few years, they are ready to take him down because, get this, he donated to Walter Mondale a quarter of a century ago. The trouble was not just that he was a Democrat, but that he voted against the sainted Ronald Reagan.
I guess I could go on about how ridiculous Republican idol worship has gotten that they are willing to defenestrate a guy for not showing the proper reverence for Reagan back when the Pink Cadillac was still open on 4th Avenue. Instead, I’ll just ask: is this any way to grow their party?