Apparently, someone doesn’t want their identity known, or can’t pick up the phone.
An anonymous “Survey Monkey” poll was sent out tonight to legislators and candidates to ask where the “perspective (sic) Republican Legislators” stand on issues and where they are in leadership elections.
Once you get into the content, there’s an immediate obsession with registration history and report cards, asking them if they’ve read the party platform, and demanding information on their compliance. (That’s if you get past all the mistakes in the survey, and thinly veiled attacks on current Republican leadership.)
The survey ends with an odd and out of place call for disunity, asking legislators if they should establish a caucus within the caucus, if their favored conservatives are not elected to lead the Republican Caucus. (a.k.a., the take-our-toys-and-go-home strategy.)
It’s almost as if the author of the survey is attempting to have it serve as a proclamation that someone is looking to stir stuff up, and if you aren’t meeting someone’s narrow definition of scorecard Republicanism, then you’re not worthy.
Anyone who responds to it likely risks approaching the level of foolishness of the people who sent it. Because they’ll have all your answers, and you’ll have none of theirs.
Those who aren’t running, what do you think about the survey? And what do you think about someone with a hankering to starting up all the intra-caucus nonsense again? Do we really need to replace a deliberative process with name calling?
If there’s any lesson that’s been proven time and time again when nonsense such as anonymous attacks against leadership sprouted up before, it’s that it’s a silly distraction. Those in GOP Leadership are in the leadership position because they were elected by their peers.
And I suspect they’ll have less tolerance for it than they did before.