As a conservative Republican long lamenting the political opportunism of RINOs (Republicans in Name Only), it is comforting to see the progressive movement catching up.
Asheville’s City Council election reveals that PINOs (Progressives in Name Only) are a burgeoning phenomenon. Like your authentic conservative counterparts, you good folks on the left now have a matching opportunity to wring your hands over candidates who talk one thing to get elected and do another when in office. That’s what opportunism is all about — going with the temptations of convenience, reward and power over principles.
Hate to break this to those authentic progressives still attempting to steer Asheville left, but you’ve already lost. A quick glance at our blooming skyline and campaign donor trails reveals who’s really in charge.
Contrary to the spin, the money-power thing has no more to do with conservatism than progressivism. The Republican Party’s core principles center on America’s traditional success equation of liberty, opportunity and responsibility hitched to the same wagon. Political intrigue, crony capitalism, corrupt attorneys, opportunistic politicians and others who manipulate that formula are as deadly to my movement as yours.
For now, West Asheville remains a haven for working folks much like it was in generations past. Most of the rest of Asheville is in the hands of the people with the money. Pretty amazing how things — for the left as surely as the right — always circle back to the same color of green.
— Carl Mumpower