It’s pretty remarkable, or one would think it ought to be, that we currently have one elected official in this state who is a registered foreign agent for an authoritarian regime. And another who appears to be plotting with extremists for a homegrown, biblical civil war.
But what’s most remarkable? That there’s apparently nothing remarkable about this.
Because nothing is going to happen to either of them. There probably won’t be any political price to pay within their own party, the Republicans. But more importantly, I bet there won’t be among the voters, either.
We are reaching the point of maximal partisanship. In which seemingly anything, no matter how unethical or flat-out bonkers, goes.
The first case is that of Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, who last month registered as a $500,000-per-year foreign agent to the Kingdom of Cambodia. Sure, you may say, a guy’s got to eat. But this is the same Cambodian regime that a lead Republican on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee just labeled “a brutal dictatorship,” as well as “a sham” when it comes to democracy.
The other case is that of self-proclaimed patriot and last-days enthusiast Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, who continues to ready himself for that heavenly moment when God will ask him to take up muskets and swords against anybody who isn’t a certain slice of Christian.