Horton and the Egg - a reasonable metaphor for Republican maneurvering?
Horton and the Egg – a reasonable metaphor for Republican maneuvering?

The only chance for Hawaii’s GOP to become relevant again is to re-invent itself, invite independent thought and rally around the average Joe. Hawaii’s Democrats are strangling themselves under the ham-handed oppression of progressive liberal ideology. The Republicans could make an equally self-destructive choice by remaining insular, controlling and cloistered.  While what’s left of the Island’s Republicans fret over the “shocking” rumors of Mufi Hannemann joining the party, or Bob McDermott becoming the candidate for Governor; they refuse to spend enough time considering the inevitable alternative…and that would be getting their behinds kicked again.  They will continue to be irrelevant if they shun the thousands in the faith-based groups, independents, constitutional conservatives and Hawaiian communities who are all looking for real leadership. People want something to believe in and a reason to get involved, to remain energized…give it to them. To put it bluntly, either stand for something or get out of the way; you cannot succeed as “Democrat Lite,” trying to blend into the muck.

For those who don’t remember Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hatches the Egg, here’s the complete plot summary.  For our purposes Horton is Bob McDermott and Mayzie is an amalgam of the Republican Party elite. And, the egg?  It’s the thousands of people who are starting to realize that Hawaii’s government has belonged to them all along.

The book centers on Horton, a genial African elephant, who is convinced by Mayzie, a lazy, irresponsible bird, to sit on her egg while she takes a short “break”, which turns into her permanent relocation to Palm Beach.

Naturally, the absurd sight of an elephant sitting atop a tree makes quite a scene – Horton is exposed to the elements, laughed at by his jungle friends, captured by hunters, forced to endure a terrible sea voyage, and finally placed in a traveling circus. However, despite his hardships and Mayzie’s clear intent not to return, Horton refuses to leave the nest because he insists on keeping his word, often repeating, “I meant what I said,/ and I said what I meant./ An elephant’s faithful, one hundred per cent!”

The traveling circus ends up visiting near Mayzie’s new Palm Beach residence; she visits the circus just as the egg is due to hatch and demands that Horton return it, without offering him a reward. However, when the egg hatches, the creature that emerges is an “elephant-bird”, a cross between Horton and Mayzie, and Horton and the baby are returned happily to the jungle, rewarding Horton for his persistence, while Mayzie is punished for her laziness by ending up with nothing.