Thom George: Nada. Zip. Zilch. The silence from the GOP, both at the local and state level, is deafening. Maybe the are trying the same defense as the KC Prosecutors office, hunker down, remain silent and hope the whole thing blows over. The party of fiscal responsibility isn't. Sad. Really.
DFO: Thom George has a good point here. The local GOP has a greater financial obligation here than most partisan groups who host a VIP that requires extra police protection, like VP Dick Cheney. The attendees were limited to those approved by the local GOP. This wasn't an open-for-the-public event. On the other hand, the GOP also has been mum about the e-mail scandal at the Republican prosecutor's office. It's incredible that the local GOP would hunker down in a situation like this. We had difficulty finding any GOPerson who'd talk about this yesterday. State Sen. Shawn Keough made a statement via e-mail to a constitutent (HBO's Mike) but even she backed off when we called her for comment. We tried to reach each of our local legislator. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Ditto for local GOP leadership. That sweeping sound you hear in the background is a broom being applied and a rug lifted. 'Tisn't important to do the right thing. 'Tis important to protect the party. Then, the Demos would probably do the same thing.