Fitz is gone. Long live Fitzsimmons.
Now, it’s time for libertarian-conservatives caucusing with the GOP to move on to the next crisis.
Republicans are still hashing over the Fitzsimmons/Lucero bout in Wright County last weekend. It’s in the blogs, and on the talk shows – mine included.
But that’s a die that’s been cast, and can’t be called back (short of a primary challenge that I don’t suspect FItzsimmons will launch) for two more years.
Barring that primary challenge, Eric Lucero’s the guy. Not only does he need to win this fall to keep the House GOP caucus at its current level – but we need to flip four seats to turn the House red.
And ideally these four flips (and hopefully many more) should be good, solid, Tea Party conservatives. But I have no say in that; that’s up to the candidates at the BPOU level, and the activists who support them.
And along the way – like, as soon as we get done with the various BPOU endorsement battles – the various factions of the GOP need to bury whatever hatches we’ve accreted over this past few months, and start pulling in the same direction. I’ve called for this – arapprochementbetween the “five families” of the MNGOP (the Tea Party, the Socialcons, the Moderates, the Chamber of Commerce estalbishment and the “Liberty” crew, or whatever’s left of them) to agree to disagree on the details until February of 2016, and quit the pointless fratricide and grudge-mongering that’ve made being a Republican such a trying thing this past five or six years, and work toward a much greater good.
A Liberty activist should accept that a Social Conservative is going to be a more sympathetic ear in office for liberty than any DFLer will be; a Chamber of Commerce “Good Government” fixer shouldn’t worry that a Tea Partier is going to make their life suck worse than a DFLer will; they won’t.
Don’t get me wrong; now is the time of the political season for the different flavors of Republican to go to the mat for their beliefs, to leave it all out on the mat in pursuit of exactly what you want in office.
But the time is almost here to put up for the greater good, or shut up. There will be chits to be paid in 2016. But unless the GOP is back in power, it’s all a pointless sideshow.
Conservatism needs to be back on this state’s policy center stage. After that, everything will be much easier to work through.
Nothing succeeds like being successful. We need to re-learn that.