WYOMING'S DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR RENOUNCES HIS PARTY
By Christopher G. Adamo
More stunning yet was that he did so in the presence of Democratic National Committee Vice Chairman Mike Honda. Honda then faced the daunting task of attempting to portray a bridge of commonality between Freudenthal’s pragmatic candor and the image presented nationally by the Democrats.
In front of an audience of roughly seventy-five Wyoming Democrats, Freudenthal blatantly distanced himself from Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean, along with such fundamental party principles as gun control.
Honda, while desperately seeking to portray a facade of unity with the Governor, was clearly shaken and tried repeatedly to emphasize the Governor’s stance as being compatible with that of the Democratic Party.
Freudenthal’s words were certainly not the first occasion of such antics among Democrats in the Cowboy State. Wyomingites still chuckle when recalling the 1996 Senate Race, in which Democratic Party candidate Kathy Karpan attempted to establish herself as a staunch protector of the Second Amendment.
Having been haunted throughout that campaign by a picture of herself, on stage with Bill and Hillary Clinton at the 1992 Democratic National Convention, Karpan recognized the need to impress voters that she would support their right to own firearms. So her campaign ran an ad in which she was portrayed on a duck hunting expedition, complete with 12-gauge shotgun.
Unfortunately for her, it was quickly discovered that the ad was staged in a Cheyenne city park where hunting of any kind was certainly prohibited. Ultimately, Karpan’s deceit proved that she had even more in common with the Clintons than previously known.
Freudenthal, ever the skilled politician, carefully avoided any similar snare. Apparently not wanting any record of an alliance with John Kerry, he invoked the standard excuse of “scheduling conflicts” as reason to forego last year’s Democratic National Convention.
In Wyoming, a steadfastly “red” state, Freudenthal’s predicament is glaringly obvious. It is also highly illustrative of the split occurring nationally among Democrats.
On the one hand, the party’s elites regularly posture to the political Center in order to win elections. But in recent years, an idealistic and radical element has asserted itself. Blinded by an arrogant belief of their absolute moral and intellectual superiority, the members this faction are convinced that they only need to trumpet their countercultural and anti-American message with sufficient volume, and the rest of the country will enthusiastically follow.
Though both factions -- the Democratic Party elites and the idealistic Democratic Party radicals -- ultimately seek to advance the same agenda, they disagree sharply on strategy. And, all too often, the Democratic Party’s career politicians are caught in the middle. The September 24 anti-war, anti-America rally in Washington D.C. provided yet more evidence.
Ostensibly a peace rally, it rapidly degenerated into a forum for every extreme element of the counterculture. Predictably, “mainstream” Democrats, such as Hillary Clinton, chose not to attend.
Such blatant exhibitions of Liberalism make it extremely difficult for Democratic Party leaders to maintain a coherent and sellable message from a party that increasingly forsakes the character and patriotism of Zell Miller, replacing it with the rantings of Michael Moore and Howard Dean.
Dismayed though Honda may have been that Freudenthal would publicly disavow Dean (his statements certainly will not play well at the national level), the Governor was merely saying what Hillary Clinton and others were thinking as they offered their own excuses (“scheduling conflicts,” don’t you know...) for not attending the rally.
Consistently, Freudenthal seeks cover within the political framework of the Republicans. So intimidated is he by the prospect of publicly opposing them that, even on a topic in which such opposition would gain enthusiastic support from Wyoming’s Conservative ranching community, he opts to remain uninvolved.
In the September 19 issue of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup, Wyoming beef producer J. Randall Stevenson excoriated Freudenthal for remaining neutral (or, as Stevenson bluntly expresses it, “neutered”) in response to a United States Department of Agriculture decision to open the nation’s borders to imported (and possibly tainted) beef.
Yet despite such posturing, Governor Freudenthal may continue to do well politically. Ironically, this is due in large part to Wyoming’s RINO dominated state legislature, which, by its own rampant Liberalism, makes it infuriatingly easy for Freudenthal to masquerade as a “moderate,” or even a Conservative. So, he might sail through to reelection next year. Unless, of course, he faces a challenge from a real Conservative.
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Christopher G. Adamo is a freelance writer who lives in southeastern Wyoming and works in the field of industrial instrumentation.
He is actively involved in Wyoming's political process, serving as a delegate to successive Wyoming State Republican Conventions
and as a member of the Wyoming State Republican Central Committee. He has assisted Republican candidates for local and state
legislatures and for the United States Congress. His articles, which appear regularly in The Progressive Conservative, U.S.A.,
and on a number of other websites, reflect a major concern with the damage being done to Conservatism and Conservative causes by
the Liberal Leftist faction in the Republican Party as well as by the much larger and more powerful Liberal Leftist faction in the
Democratic Party. During the early and middle 1990s, Adamo was Editor of the Wyoming Christian Coalition's official news organ,
The Wyoming Christian.
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