The Massachusetts Republican Party should disband and go away. Voters are faced with the unimaginable choice of two of the worst Democrat candidates for U.S. Senate this fall and the Republican Party cannot even offer token opposition.

National Democrats are incensed over Michael Bloomberg's attempt to buy the presidential nomination but Democrats right here in Massachusetts are absolutely giddy over allowing Joe Kennedy III to use his name and family fortune to gobble up one of our two seats in the U.S. Senate. What's the alternative? Sticking with Ed Markey? Massachusetts loses either way. But the Republicans offer no resistance.

The Massachusetts Republican Party has failed again to put up or support well-qualified candidates to break the Democrat stronghold on power. Geoff Diehl gave it his best shot but the state and national Republican Parties turned their back on him as he took on Elizabeth Warren. What a shame. Charlie Baker endorsed Diehl but then would not commit to voting for the guy.

Never in the history of the Commonwealth have Republican leaders had a better chance to educate voters about the differences between the two major parties. Many Democrats are supporting President Donald Trump in November and many more could be persuaded to if only there was an effective Republican leadership in Massachusetts. You can't win the battle if you don't show up to fight. The lack of political diversity in Massachusetts is thoroughly disgusting but what is even worse is the lack of a desire to even try.

One of these days, perhaps I will get to retire to a nice warm red state or at least one not so completely dominated by single-party rule.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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