The Washington State Republican caucuses happened on Saturday, and if you didn't know—well, good job because they didn't matter at all.
Republicans in this state will award all of their delegates to the national nominating convention through a May 24 primary, making this past weekend's caucuses mostly irrelevant to the national horserace.
But the caucuses were a great way to take the temperature of local Republicans, as Jim Brunner and Bob Young found out. After hearing from a caucus-going Republican mother of four who believes Donald Trump is "very emotional," and therefore probably not a great bet for President of the United States, the reporters checked in with Republican Hank Myers of the Redmond City Council.
“Trump, to me, is a clown,” he said.
A self-described political moderate, Myers said he backs [John] Kasich and yearns for the days when Republicans were about “limited government and fiscal responsibility,” and “all that other stuff” — meaning social issues such as abortion — didn’t matter so much.
Asked whether he could bring himself to vote for Trump if he winds up as the GOP nominee, Myers didn’t want to think about it. “Fortunately, we’re only 150 miles from Canada,” he joked.
Another Washington State Republican told the Republicans that Trump is "the closest thing to a fascist we’ve had in years.” It was not meant as a compliment.
As Danny Westneat has pointed out, this may indicate a larger problem for state Republicans who are hoping to increase their power in Olympia this election season.
How do you make a case for your party to take over the state’s political system if it turns out the guy at the top of your ticket is, by your own admission, a troglodyte?