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December 1, 2011

Think About It: Republican Realism

Nine months. That's how long it normally takes for a woman to give birth. Nine months. That's about how long new Hawaii Republican Party chairman David Chang has to help give birth to a slate of viable candidates to compete in the 2012 local elections. Chang, well aware of the challenges confronting his party, said, "A better Hawaii needs dialog and a viable two-party system." But how to get there remains to be seen. If Hawaii saw a weakening of the Republican Party during the tenure of a two-term Republican governor with decreases in seats held, how quickly can things change in 2012 to provide more competition so vital in key races throughout our state?

Too often and unfortunately, open, honest discourse is an idealistic concept when it comes to politics.  Look at the sad state of affairs in Washington, D.C. Politicians feel the need to say the right things to ensure re-election or else they end up like over 9% of the rest of America- unemployed. Altruistic ideals and heartfelt beliefs about how to make for a better tomorrow invariably give way to partisanship, bickering, self-interests, and egomania. The huge hole that Mr. Chang finds himself in is that the Republican Party in Hawaii, save for a few articulate, bi-annually elected senators and representatives, simply hasn't had the numbers in quality or quantity to challenge the entrenched system.

And the people of Hawaii don't seem to mind that. After all, if there is no thoughtful, detailed debate on both sides of the aisle, there really isn't too much for local voters to have to ponder come Election Day. We will see in nine months how far the Republican Party in Hawaii has come under the new leadership. While it may be tougher in the political world than in the sports world here, underdogs can and do succeed in Hawaii. Just ask former Governor Lingle. Think about it…

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