“Let me borrow a line from VP Dick Cheney – F.U.; get the F. out of my face and don’t talk to me.”
Senator Hemmings then stomped off, stopping about 15 feet away. Incredulous and confused, I approached him hoping to clarify and defuse the incident. The Senator then roared “For the last 30 years I have built the Hawaii GOP party alone. Where were you; where have you been?”
As I stood in stunned silence, he snarled “Get the hell out of here.”
That’s how disenchanted GOP member Douglas Oringer recounts his scary encounter with Hawaiian State Senator Fred Hemmings at the recent GOP convention in Hawaii.
What had Douglas done to provoke such an emotional – if not desperate – response?
Just like rapidly growing numbers of GOP members around the country, he had shared his ideas on why the Republican Party is on the wrong path, and expressed some reservations about John McCain’s candidacy.