There is an old stand-up comedy routine — so old that I can’t even find it on the Internet — that has come to mind recently. Given its political, cynical, caustic nature, it must have been a George Carlin diatribe, and I remember seeing it many, many years ago.
So yeah, it’s old. But, funnily enough, it was prescient.
Carlin, or whoever the comedian was, got to talking about how somebody, an individual, a free thinker, comes up with a great idea and sets about to change the world. They get a couple friends to agree with them, who add their own ideas that actually water down the brilliance, and eventually there’s a whole group of people banding together and instead of an idea, they develop an agenda. And when people develop agendas, then everything goes to hell.
Trust me, it was funny. I’m just not using my funny voice.
Anyway, the point is that the latest machinations of the political parties in Clark County have reminded me of this long-ago comedy. Because when a group of people develop an agenda, then the agenda becomes all important at the expense of actually governing for the good of the community.
Take the Clark County Republican Party. First, they decided to oppose the Clark County charter that was on the ballot last year. No problem there; they are entitled to their opinion. But the charter passed, which has led to the election of a county chair this year. When three Republican county councilors entered the race for the chair position, they split the vote and none of them reached the two-person general election.
So, now the local GOP is supporting state Rep. Liz Pike as a write-in candidate, even though she says she won’t campaign for the job. And that has led yet another group of Republicans to band together and support Marc Boldt, a former Republican who is running as an independent and actually is on the ballot.