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Old Bulls vs. Young Bucks

The Las Vegas Review-Journal ran a story yesterday about the chaos which is the Clark County Republican Party these days, including the loss of about a dozen veteran party leaders who have quit the organization in recent weeks.

Who does this benefit the most, other than the Reid Dynasty?

Primarily the “newbies” who have taken over control of the organization but now don’t know what to do with it.

“Clark County GOP’s new leadership gets to keep whipping the party corruption horse instead of getting their own act together,” observes VegasVoter at the Reid-B-Gone blog. “Believe me, those folk don’t want you to notice they are dividing and not uniting.”

Indeed.

The main problem with the metaphorical ethnic cleansing going on at the Clark GOP these days isn’t that they’re culling RINOs from the herd, but they’re running off fellow conservatives simply because they’ve been around more than one election cycle and have political and grassroots organizational experience.

It reminds me of an old story, which I’ll clean up considerably for publication here. An old bull and a young bull stood at the top of a hill looking down on a herd of cattle. The young bull says, “Lets race down to that field and ‘get’ one of those cows.” To which the older bull replies, “Let’s walk down there and ‘get’ them all.”

The conservative movement desperately needs the vitality and energy of the new folks (tea partiers, etc.). But the new folks, likewise, need the wisdom and experience of the veterans. The question is whether the two will recognize their mutual need and resolve their differences in time for Republicans to take advantage of the political opportunities staring them in the face for 2010.

I put the odds at no better than 50-50.