WC called it.
Back in early July, WC proposed a new metaphor for his Republican friends, to be known as the Pisa Effect. A candidate leans far, far to the right to attract the tin foil hat, gun nut, conspiracy theorists and other right wing nuts in the primary. And, if they get the nomination, they then bend back to the left to try and attract folks who are capable of critical, rational thinking. Because the core Republicans are a minority, even in Alaska.
It’s the Pisa Effect. Because of a shabby foundation, your political structure leans far too the right. Part way up, you realize you’ve got a problem and try to correct. Just like the engineers building the Tower of Pisa, when they built subsequent floors unevenly to try and level their leaning tower.
When Carpetbagger Dan Sullivan was a primary candidate, he was opposed to an increase in the minimum wage. Now, his polling data show him that a majority of folks likely to vote support a living wage, so he’s flip-flopped, altering his political posture to try and get a majority of the voters. It’s further evidence that Carpetbagger Dan doesn’t have any principles, except getting himself elected. It really does all start with the foundation. If you screw that up, if you don’t have one – other than getting elected – then you get the kind of problems the Pisan engineers had.
This won’t be Carpetbagger Dan’s last flip flop. Running against Joe Miller made him lean too far to the right. Sucking up to the Koch Brothers pulled him too far to the Rad-Republican side. He’ll find other issues where he will “read more about it” and shift left.
But the foundation will still be bad. That’s the essence of the Pisa Effect.