told the Wall Street Journal
that after she was first elected in 2014, she joined a caucus that was bitterly divided between moderates and conservatives. "When I walked into the first meeting, there was so much arguing," she said. "That meeting was the first time some of them had even been in the room together."
Initially, Tupola had the votes (
four to three
) to take Ling's place. But RINO Feki Pouha switched his vote at the last minute and became a believer in the RINO-ness of extreme liberal Republican Beth Fukumoto. Well, Pouha lost his seat in 2016 and Fukumoto is gone now. Up went the 'help wanted' sign yet again.
nearly three months to today
and the 2017 legislative session at the State Capitol is now
. And there's
just a couple of weeks left
until state senators and state representatives (
and the governor
) have completed their
annual coordinated attack on Hawaii residents
. . .
especially our pocketbooks, our livelihoods, our values and our way of life
Yes, it's been nearly
since that change in caucus leadership. So WHERE exactly is the
Easy, there's been
just a lot of
. There have been no bold reforms to replace failed Democrat policies. No party-related coordinated activity to beat down bad legislation during the 2017 session. None of this promise was ever realized in conjunction with county and district leaders and a statewide political campaign; though it certainly could have been organized by Tupola's allies at the top of the Hawaii GOP food chain.
Tupola told the Wall Street Journal
"Every single past leader has told me,
'You won't succeed unless you fix the party
her allies GOP state chair
and GOP executive director
have been running the Hawaii GOP and have been in a position to 'fix the party' for quite some time.
In fact, Jack James, executive director of the Hawaii Republican Party, told the Wall Street Journal
without a hint of self-awareness or admission of guilt or even any irony
that Ms. Tupola's criticism of the party was "right on."
As Tupola opponent Pat Saiki, the Hawaii GOP's immediate past chair, told other party leaders earlier today: "Please don't blame this mess on anyone other than those responsible. The responsibility lies directly in the hands of two people --
Fritz, our Chair and his Executive Director
Manipulation seems the mode of the day."
In other words, Tupola's allies at the Hawaii GOP have been spending all their time trying to manipulate the outcome of the state convention than actually doing their jobs trying to defeat Democrats and elect Republicans . . . something that Miriam Hellreich and her not-very-innocent BFF Pat Saiki have been doing for years at the Hawaii GOP.
. . . which brings us to HIRA's letter of the day!!
Carol Nakata of Aiea
wrote to HIRA recently and asked a significant and provocative question:
"Can you name any true conservatives left in the GOP?"
At HIRA, we make every effort to be
factual and thorough
. So we performed our usual due diligence to get Carol
the best and most objective answer
So here's what we told her, plus a bit more useful insight . . .
Thanks for writing. That's the million dollar question, Carol.
the American Conservative Union's scorecard for Hawaii legislators
the average voting record of Republicans in the State House was
JUST AS BAD AS DEMOCRATS
. On an objective scale where 100% would mean conservative and 0% extremely liberal, the votes taken throughout 2016 shows
all Republicans in the liberal range
with an average score of 29%, while Democrats scored a slightly lower average of 26%.
- just 24%
ignore the '29%' typo in the graphic below, Ward only got a 24%
The worst Republican of all was
, the 'emeritus' leader of the minority caucus and the recently elected national committeeman for the Hawaii GOP. He is now serving alongside national committeewoman
and helps Ms. Hellreich and her puppets to ensure an unchanged, liberal direction for the Hawaii GOP. [
Even if someone less liberal than usual were to get elected state chair, Hellreich surrounds that person with her hand-picked buddies on the executive committee. Their job is to emasculate any state chair who defies Hellreich.
ACU reports that
Hawaii Republicans are getting much, much worse --
barely distinguishable from Democrats
Perhaps the place to
fixing things is with our very liberal caucus with its very liberal voting record that gives Democrats a run for their progressive money and reputations. Until existing Republican elected officials (including Bob McDermott) start following his infamous advice to "Start acting like a f***ing Republican" and "do your f***ing job", maybe the 'job' of fixing our broken party should be left to others.
Gosh, with liberals running our party
representing us at the State Capitol, it's no surprise that Democrats and their failed policies go unchallenged year after year, decade after decade. On the bright side, Trump still got one-third of 'blue Hawaii' votes in 2016's general election. So, clearly, there's a foundation of support upon which to build a real alternative to what Democrats and RINO's keep serving up. The trick would be to take back our party from the liberals, closet Democrats and RINO's. That is a full-time, 24/7/365 job for a politically experienced and successful operative who owes no loyalty to any RINO faction of the party. Yes, that means starting over with new candidates. Nobody running for state chair today has the credentials or the track record.
Sorry to any snowflakes for this brutal honesty
Here's how high the stakes are. As HIRA's national director
pointed out in his monthly reports
, right now there are
Republicans holding office here in Hawaii than there are currently elected Republicans.
That's a lot of jumping ship by wishy-washy Republicans -- the kind
whose voting records were pretty similar to Democrats
We don't need to clone that problem by electing more RINO's. We need to
Let's be honest.
ANY local Republican in office today alleging to be conservative has been PROVEN a liar by his or her own voting record
. As Willes Lee has noted in his reports, Maui's
legislator Rep. DeCoite got a score of 36 from the ACU, because she voted
more conservatively than any Republican member of the House GOP caucus
. And several Democrats voted better than GOP leader Andria Tupola. With Republican Cheape's abysmal score of 26 and Gene Ward's horrible score of 24, Democrats DeCoite 36, Har 33, Kong 33, Yamine 33, Aquino 32, Choy 32, Cullen 32, Jordan 32, McKelvey 32, Ohno 32, Tokioka 31, Say 30, Ito 29, and Oshiro 27
ALL voted more conservatively than "Republican" Cheape 26 and "Republican" Ward 24
Just how bad is it when a full 22 Democrats --
-- are more conservative than state representative and national committeeman
; Miriam Hellreich's partner in crime in the Hawaii GOP leadership? That's pretty, pretty bad.
A score of 80+ is conservative, below 60 is absolutely a failing grade. Hell,
liberal House Speaker Joe Souki had the SAME 24 score as Ward.
14 Democrats voted more conservatively than Cheape. 'Far-left' Republican Cynthia Thielen holds an ACU score of 29, while 'conservative' Tupola only scores a 33 (only 4 better than Thielen) and
"Start acting like a f***ing Republican"
deservedly received an embarrassing 35 for his embarrassing voting record. If it wasn't for Bob's singular defense of the anus, he wouldn't be the darling of desperate and easily manipulated social conservatives.
For context, on the same scale, U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee scored ACU
, Senator Rand Paul got a
. Even U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan clinched a
and wishy-washy U.S. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell got himself a
scoring FAR better than any Hawaii Republican
RINO'S ARE CAUSING US TO MISS THE BOAT:
Polls in recent days
what HIRA keeps saying about Hawaii's political climate
. It's time for a political revolution in Hawaii which rivals the 1954 revolution when Democrats overthrew Hawaii's then Republican political majority in a SINGLE election. Yes,
in a single election
Read the new polls for yourself and understand that a huge number of people are reaching anti-Democrat sentiment
without ANY help from the Hawaii GOP
. Just yesterday,
Hawaii News Now reported
nearly HALF of likely voters
in Hawaii say
our state is moving in the
. The WRONG direction. In addition,
a majority of voters
OPPOSE the rail boondoggle
. Imagine if our party (and our GOP caucus) had been
working to fan those flames
instead of holding wet fingers in the wind and voting like Democrats? The polls would probably be closer to
65% or higher
major political shift
. But GOP leaders at the party's Kapiolani HQ and at the State Capitol refuse to lead that revolution. But isn't that precisely why Hellreich maintains her power at the Hawaii GOP? To keep Democrats in the majority? After two decades of decline under Hellreich, there's no other logical explanation for her longstanding control of the party and our long-running decline and our longtime commitment to maintaining a silent, neutral, dysfunctional and very costly GOP.
Making matters worse is
the confusion caused by our elected Republicans
just like Democrats
at the State Capitol help voters anywhere across the state to understand
they need more Republicans in office?
Hawaii already has a Democrat Party
. There's no demand among voters for a virtual duplicate of the Democrat Party.
Let's get really real. Beth Fukumoto is no longer leader. She's been gone for nearly three months. Tupola took over on February 1st after wanting the job
for more than two years
. So, what's changed? What's taking so long? From HIRA's point of view, the same silence and complicity is still in evidence. And the objective review of voting records shows that our elected Republicans are "in name only", as in Republicans In Name Only, as in RINO's.
Over the years, our party has seen more than its share of 'neighborhood celebrities' known better for their litter pickup drives and other community service than solid voting records. These incumbent legislators and candidates don't have the inclination or the stomach to lead a political movement. Nor do the succession of Hellreich-backed, Saiki-backed, Marumoto-backed, or Rohlfing-backed RINO puppet party officers. Only a strong party led by conservatives hell bent on educating the public and ousting Democrats have what it takes.
Look, we really need to fix Hawaii. We've got lots of really big problems that are getting worse daily. To do that, to fix our state, we need a Republican majority. Democrats simply won't make the right turn needed. To get to a GOP majority, we need to
grow a serious movement
which speaks, acts, and votes like Republicans do. We've already tried it Miriam Hellreich's and Pat Saiki's and Barbara Marumoto's and Fritz Rohlfing's way for 20 years now. Losing and losing and losing and losing. Plain and simple,
their RINO approach completely sucks
Internally, tough love is what our party needs
. Or we'll have more and more bad news coming from the Hawaii GOP about the future of our party. Those who like things just the way they have been in our party maintain control by paying mere lip service to being Republicans in order to manipulate the rank and file every two years at GOP state conventions. Yet our Hellreich-controlled party has refused to challenge Democrats (not
for 20 years).
And no puppet of Miriam Hellreich's will ever put fear into Democrats. And the Tupola-led GOP caucus with its liberal voting record is merely the flip side of the same coin.
"What's the point?"
That's the ultimate question. In life. In politics. So before plunking down money to go to Kauai to make a false choice, let's have honest expectations.
has blown it and everyone knows it. His ally
hasn't done anything to make the GOP a force to be reckoned with at the State Capitol and has a voting record exactly like the average Democrat. And
is a willing, committed puppet for Hellreich, Saiki, Marumoto and the liberal women of the Oahu League of RINO Women who actually think that pro-rail, pro-taxes, big-spending social liberal Charles Djou (the liberal professional politician who pushed for the creation of the wasteful City agency HART and its mission to build 34-miles of heavy rail) is their kind of 'conservative' to throw thousands of dollars of Republican money at, not to mention thousands of volunteer hours. That's downright embarrassing.
OMG, anybody thinking that one of these people is going to save the Hawaii GOP given the crystal clear track records and RINO backers involved needs to seriously consider having their head and their eyesight examined.
Everyone needs to understand that RINO's now control the Hawaii GOP. And
no matter what happens
in Kauai at the state convention
, they will still control the state GOP and most county GOP organizations . . .
and they've done so largely through cheating and manipulation and cronyism
Everybody also needs to understand that committed RINO's and closet Democrats are
firmly behind each of these candidates for party chair
. Yes, it's that bad.
is how ANY of the RINO factions for state chair will make the Hawaii GOP a bigger player in Hawaii politics when these formerly unified liberal factions (
over the future of the party's Kapiolani HQ
) have been totally responsible for the demise, invisibility, wimpiness, dysfunction, disorganization, and decline of the Republican Party of Hawaii. Uhhhhhmmm, they WON'T.
For now, let's spend our energy giving our few remaining GOP legislators
the encouragement they need to vote like Republicans
, rather than voting nearly all the time like liberal Democrats. The next couple of weeks at the State Capitol have disaster written all of them.
Sam Slom is not there to set these people straight.
But maybe, just maybe, GOP legislators led by Beth Fukumoto's long-awaited replacement will finally break with their Democrat buddies and live up to the hype of having an "R" after their names.
We can only hope so
. There's a lot at stake. And voters are watching, hoping for heroes.