This morning I stumbled across a strange piece on a site called Western Journalism, which is run by The Western Center for Journalism otherwise known as Floyd Brown. Do just a smidgeon of research and you'll find it's nothing but rightwing hit pieces that have little or nothing to do with actual journalism.
This article describes how Tea Party darling and Freedom Agenda architect Matt Shea, 4th Legislative District Representative, has come under attack. Allegedly, Ben Oakley, Chair of the Spokane GOP, and Kevin Parker, 6th Legislative District Representative, have recruited an establishment Republican opponent for Matt Shea's seat. And who is this person?
They are identified as none other than "Matt Shea's primary opponent."
If there's anything that gives an elected politician the shivers, it's a personalized primary opponent. Small wonder, then, that the publishing of this article was found necessary in order to set the record straight on just how great Matt Shea is. Complete with links to Matt Shea's Freedom Agenda Facebook page, and Matt Shea's radio show, and Matt Shea's LinkedIn page, the supporting text in support of Matt Shea clearly establishes the beyond-awesomeness persona that is Matt Shea. How far beyond awesome?
So beyond awesome that among the awards he lists on his rather lengthy LinkedIn page, he includes "1st Place, Ponderosa Young Writer's Fair," all the way back from his elementary school days.
As with any rightwing critically thought out news article, it's just not complete without knocking someone down. Ben Oakley and Kevin Parker, therefore, as recruiters of the fear-inducing "Matt Shea's primary opponent," must endure the feces-flinging chimpanzees otherwise known as the champions of true conservative values. Or in this article's case, the author "Guest Writer".
Guest Writer tells us that Oakley is resigning as Chairman of the Spokane GOP Committee in a scandal that "rocks" the Spokane County Republicans, at the request of Susan Hutchinson, the state committee chair, for recruiting "Matt Shea's primary opponent." To help us see what kind of person Ben Oakley is, Guest Writer includes a link to a Salon article in which Oakley, who was a sophomore a Columbine High School, made disparaging remarks about the two shooters being gay.
I can't find anything to support that Oakley is resigning in scandal. But I did learn he was moving to the Seattle area. Maybe if he's not living in Spokane, he can't be the chair of the committee any more and would have to resign. Just maybe.
Guest Writer smears Kevin Parker as an "establishment Republican" with a Washington Conservative Union rating of 79%, nearly twenty points below Matt Shea's rating. And he's an anti-freedom elitist. And he may be under the control, if not heavily influenced, by Karl Rove.
Here's the latest (2012) ratings from the Washington Conservative Union. As you can see, both Parker and Shea have identical "+" marks across the board and a 100 in the percent column. The last column is labeled Cum% and that is where the difference between the two lies. However, there's no explanation for how these numbers are calculated or what they mean. But higher is better and Matt Shea has a near-perfect score, which is nearly twenty points higher than Kevin Parker's.
Guest Writer has to wrap it up at some point and and what better way for Guest Writer to conclude the article than this.
Shea went on to show his ability as a statesman. “I have personally spoken with Rep. Parker to ask him why he is a part of this. He told me that I have ‘character issues.’ Well there they go again…character assassination is a favorite Rove tactic.
Hmmm, not unlike what Guest Writer is doing in this so-called piece of journalism. And not unlike the character issues that motivate the conservatively-principled Guest Writer to hide in anonymity.