So read a hand-printed sign in Kansas City the morning after the 1976 convention nominated moderate President Gerald Ford, rather than conservative Governor Ronald Reagan, as the party’s candidate for president.
It’s also a fitting epitaph for this Saturday’s convention to nominate the GOP’s choice to run for the seat formerly held by the late Representative Jo Ann Davis.
Several solid conservatives ran for the party’s nod, including my choice James Atticus Bowden.
To its own discredit and disadvantage, the party didn’t select any of them, nominating instead Delegate Rob Wittman, a big-government RINO in the mold of the recently clobberred Jeannemarie Democrat-lite Davis.
My ODBA colleague and Bowden delegate D.J. McGuire asks, “Have local Republicans learned nothing?”
Apparently, they haven’t. But not for want of opportunities. Many, many elections since 1976 have shown that conservative Republicans beat Democratics, but Democratics beat RINOs.