A cadre of right-wing conservatives and political has-beens has successfully moved state Republican Party chief Chris Healy to the sidelines—he won’t seek another term as chairman. Waiting in the wings is former state Sen. Bill Aniskovich, he of the “Rowland ‘til the end!” Aniskoviches.

I’m a Democrat so I should be happy Healy has been put on the long-term DL. He was effective, sharp, thoughtful and good radio/TV. However, I hate to see good competition taken out of the game. It’s always good for a media spokesman to face quick, prepared counterparts—it keeps you on your toes and forces you to be better, not to settle for mediocrity.

In Aniskovich, you get a Rowland-era politician who is now expected to win elections with the likes of Mark Greenberg (5th congressional district), Daria Novak (2nd CD), Tom Foley (governor), Linda McMahon (US Senate), et al. What do they all have in common? That’s right. They’re losers—not personally but in the 2010 election cycle.

Aniskovich will always wear the Rowland albatross around his neck especially because he seeks to lead the party just as the reinvention of John Rowland is in full swing. As long as that is the situation, Aniskovich will be the guy that defended the felonious governor, even filling a ringside seat at what was the joke of a resignation address (full disclosure: I worked on the campaign of Ed Meyer who defeated Aniskovich for his state senate seat).