A Little Follow-Up
I got a disingenuous, but weepy question on Twitter from a neo-Nazi wondering how in the world I could possibly call the leading Republican U.S. Senate candidate in California's upcoming primary, Patrick Little, a "neo-Nazi." (Side note: why is it that neo-Nazis are so aggressive in their views, yet so often cowardly to call themselves by their group's name? But I digress...)
I gave a shorthand answer, like how he identifies himself as a "white nationalist," and that on his campaign website one of his positions is that he advocates "limiting representation of Jews in the government" and that at the state's Republican convention he kicked and dragged the Israeli flag across the ground, and on one of his social media accounts he says he wants the U.S. to be "free of all Jews." But because of space limitation, I left out more details from that statement on his Gab social media account. But I can add that here. All of which, to answer the oh-so weepy question, is how I can possibly use the "magic words" to call him a neo-Nazi --
By the way, I'll write a bit more about this next week, as the Tuesday primary nears, but I'll repeat what I've mentioned here before. Sick and pathetic as it is that Little is the leading GOP candidate in polls, this is a horrific situation for Republicans. Not just in California, but across the nation. Because if he gets on the November ballot, every Republican candidate and official will likely have to answer questions until voting day about him representing the party. Yet if he doesn't get on the ballot, the person neck-and-neck with him is a Democrat, which means the GOP may have no candidates on the ballot for the two highest offices in contention, which could drastically drive down Republican turnout...with all those House seats at stake. More on this next week, as I said.
Republican officials are saying that Patrick Little "doesn't represent the views of the Republican Party." Indeed, the blocked him from entering the state Republican convention. But the thing is...he is the leading candidate among voters in the Republican Party. So, if Republican officials want to insist he doesn't represent their party's views, they have their collective heads buried in the sand.
There's one "however" to all this. Checking the most recent polls, it appears as if Little's fate has plummeted drastically. But looking at several polls, they're all over the map (one poll has the leading Republican James Bradley in third place -- but another doesn't have him in even the top six spots! -- so the situation is utterly unclear. The only thing that is clear is that to have had Patrick Little poll so high at any time is a problem for the GOP. And the mere fact that he felt he had a home in the Republican Party is a huge problem for them.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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