All in all, it was a good meeting. I am inspired by the level of comity of everyone at that meeting. Stephen Johnson did a superb job as chair.
I am still young and inexperienced with these things, but if it is fairly typical of Republican meetings, then count me in.
I wish there were details to provide. Other than a few mild accusations of vote fraud by the usual suspects, it was tame.
One moment I shall never forget is Doug Parris bringing up some issue at the mike. Halfway through, he turns up to Stephen Johnson and asks, “Is this out of order?” Stephen Johnson smiles and nods. “Yes, I believe it is. You’re out of order, Mr. Parris.” Upon which, Doug Parris smiled and sat down. I don’t believe I will ever have the opportunity of someone being told they were out of order so amicably again.
For those of you who are worried about the conservative core of the Republican Party, let me tell you that we have a fine set of officials and PCOs and district chairs here in King County. No, we’re not perfect. No, we do not universally agree on all the issues. But we know, and we felt, the power of the basic principles that Republicans have always embraced. When there was an obvious race between a country club republican and a conservative republican, the conservative won every time.