“To open handedly slap someone; Denotes disrespect for the person being bitch slapped as they are not worthy of a man sized punch; Suggests the slap was met with little resistance and much whining.”
Now some of you may be offended by the term above, so I apologize if I have offended your sensibilities, but I can think of no more appropriate term for what the Kentucky Republican Party did to Governor Ernie Fletcher on Saturday.
Fletcher called for the resignation of Chairman Darrell Brock, the party leadership declined to even vote on the question. Reports of their meeting are here, in the Courier Journal and the Herald Leader.
In addition to Republican leadership’s lack of action, the silence from major Kentucky Republicans is deafening. There has been no comment from Senator McConnell or Senator Bunning, no comment from Lt. Gov. Pence, no comment of President of the State Senate David Williams; it must be getting lonely in the Governor’s mansion.
For a first term sitting Governor to be ignored by his party leadership in this manner is a clear signal that any bid he makes for reelection will not meet with a favorable response. Fletcher’s political ineptness is staggering. Any incumbent governor should be nearly invincible when running for a second term.
If you want to see how it’s done, look at Paul Patton’s run for a second term. The best the Republicans could muster to face Paul was Peppy Martin. But to give Peppy credit she probably would have been every bit as competent a governor as Ernie Fletcher has shown himself to be.