Palm Beach GOP Chair Dinerstein: "It's Not Our Country"
County GOP Chair Sid Dinerstein -- nicely shaved and groomed, in a finely tailored suit -- was agitated, gloomy, and in a mood to talk. He sees a nation on the path to doom.
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In prophetic mode -- and in an echo of Glenn Beck -- Sid called last night's election the dead end of "a 95-year path" that began with the Wilson administration and the creation of the progressive income tax and the Federal Reserve. "Tonight was America's last chance to embrace exceptionalism," he said. "America had a choice, and we voted to be poor."
With a majority of the population fallen under the spell of entitlement, how does Sid hope to win them back to the GOP? "I can't tell you that at this point," he said. "I know this much: We never succeed by pandering."
If Sid was at a loss, a counterpart in the Palm Beach Democratic Party had a few words of advice. Down the road just a few hundred yards, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, where the Democrats had gathered to celebrate, former party Chair Mark Alan Siegel had this to say about Sid's vision of terminal decline: "If that's what they believe, they're never going to win another election again. Because they don't believe in America."
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