July 23, 2004
Mary Panzer has a problem
By Bill Kraus
But maybe it is an opportunity. If the single issue(s) right wing of the Republican Party succeeds in beating Panzer, who is hardly a liberal Republican, in a primary, the blame will lie not with that wing of the party, not with Mary Panzer, but with the alienated "stay at home" moderate Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.
If they, instead of staying at home, realize that at long last they have a chance to make both a statement and a difference in voting in a legislative primary (an arena dominated by invincible incumbents), this action could revitalize the homeless middlers and the party itself.
I confess that I am at a loss to explain why less than half of the eligible voters vote in general elections and an overwhelming majority take a pass on primary elections.
So this is more a hope than a prediction. The non-voters can win this election.
Are they mad yet? We will find out in September.
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