Since his very public break with the GOP earlier this year, I think Steven Greenhut has been on a tear.Ã‚Â Still no friend of Liberals or Democrats, Steve has shown no favoritism to those on the Right either.Ã‚Â What’s the old expression, “The enemy of my enemy is my….” Well, you get the picture.
Steve’s column from Sunday’s Register was like having a second cup of coffee.Ã‚Â
Here’s the rub:
” The party squelched criticism of its sheriff. And it did so bloodlessly. After the vote, ( former Cypress Councilman Mike) McGill told me committee members are “sheep.” Many no doubt find the sheriff unfit to be the county’s top cop, but there’s reason not to buck the party establishment, especially Schroeder, who is known for his aggressive efforts. Schroeder, after all, is waging a “burn the village” campaign against Supervisor Janet Nguyen, through legal and other complaints that will hobble her campaign to retain her seat.
“I gotta hand it to the elected GOP Central Committee members of Orange County,” wrote GOP activist and Powder Blue Report blogger Allan Bartlett. “They are totally afraid of their own shadow when it comes to this Carona business. Tonight, a totally watered-down resolution was offered by Mike McGill and it couldn’t even get a majority vote, let alone a two-thirds vote to even have a debate on the resolution asking the sheriff to take a leave from his job. Talk about embarrassing. Members were joking that they were going to leave the room when the vote came because they didn’t want to go on the record for this vote. They are gutless.”
Allan and I disagree on a lot of things, but he’s spot on here.
So, just who is the local GOP really afraid of here?Ã‚Â
It’s not Carona.Ã‚Â
He’s an unelected power broker who’s influence is sought after by Republicans running for office. Darth Vader? No, that doesn’t fit.Ã‚Â Consigliare? Need a Godfather to go with it? Schroeder is the modern day version of a political boss.Ã‚Â Not a Boss Tweed or James Michael Curley (both Democrats) mind you, but Schroeder is a boss nonetheless.Ã‚Â The unanswered question is how and why does this man hold so much power?Ã‚Â