The blog Red Maryland gave the Howard County GOP Central Committee a shout out...and a bit of a spanking. I was at this meeting, but have made a promise to myself and members of the club that I would not be "reporting" on matters of the club after the "fury" I raised by questioning the manner in which the club election was run (however, I never questioned the results, which appears to be the new dirty rumor spreading about the since deleted post).
Seeing that Brian Griffiths posted on the subject, I'll lend my two cents (btw, was that the guy with the sports jacket and the jeans? [UPDATE: No, it wasn't] I never trust people who pair SJs and Jeans who are not at an "I Love the 80's" party).
1) I truly believe that John Wafer and the Central Committee have the best interest of the party in mind. They are collecting names to recruit volunteers for precinct captains. While I've had my own interpersonal issues with some members, I never doubt their dedication or motives.
2) I think the CC may be out of touch with the populist anti-establishment fervor of the club. The Committee, fairly or not, is viewed as an elitist group. (See "House Members opinion of the Senate"). They could ask the club for a glass of water and I think they would be waiting for a bit. On top of everything else, when a member of your group runs against the current president, you can't expect things to be back to the status quo at the next meeting. I'm all for democracy, but I also know that people's feelings get hurt and lines are drawn in the sand. If you can't work with that, you aren't a leader.
3) A potential "third way" is instead of saying "This is what the Central Committee is doing," members should reach out to Karen Winterling (the club president) and partner together for this precinct captain effort. "The Central Committee and the Club have partnered to..." Maybe it's just semantics, but it certainly sounds nicer and answers #2. The only hold-up may be that there will have to be concessions of control.
Now, go ahead and interpret this post to say that I think the Central Committee eats babies, for all I care.