Republicans were trying to make a point with primary vote
When the Washington State Republicans were going to use 51 percent of the primary vote to choose their delegates next year, it seemed like they were making a point. Turns out they really are. Goldy somehow got a hold of a script of a television ad the Republicans plan to air attacking Gov. Gregoire for the vote the Washington State Democratic Central Committee made to ignore the results of the public primary.
What the ad really says isn't that Gregoire and the Democrats did something wrong. Actually, Gregoire had
Their decision to go with 51 percent feels weird because 51 percent seems like such an artificial number. Its sort of like they were saying (in a infomercial voice):
"How much do you think we'll let you choose? 20 percent? NO!"
"33 percent? NO WAY! More than that!"
"The Washington State Republican Party will let voters choose FIFTY-ONE percent of the delegates coming from the State of Washington to the Republican National Convention!"
"That is more than half, and tons more than those nasty Democrats!"
Its a strange decision to go forward with an ad right now, or at any point. It makes you look cool and calculating. Especially now that they're getting some good press for their decision:
They may have voted to be inclusive, but the point wasn't to be more inclusive, but to allow the Democratic Party to look less inclusive and then make sure by taking credit for it.