Republicans are down and out around the Seattle area. The big question for them coming out of the wreckage of the past four years is: How to rebuild?
The standard play would be to withdraw a bit from all the national craziness and focus on local debates, such as taxes, hoping that at some point Democrats will overreach (always a strong possibility).
The King County GOP has instead decided to launch a crusade against arguably the most popular government initiative of the past decade.
“End vote by mail in Washington state,” reads a petition the party has begun circulating on social media. “For more than a decade, we have seen the integrity of our election process here in Washington state erode – while paving the way for fraud and electioneering from the left. WE MUST GO BACK TO VOTING IN-PERSON!”
Must we though?
This local push to undo vote-by-mail is a sign that the party has digested the defeat of Donald Trump, pondered it for a few months – and then opted to plunge after the disgraced former president along a maze of unfounded conspiracy theories.