The Allen County Republican party has had it's share of ethical lapses (see here, here and here). Perhaps it's debatable about whether these problems were caused by a failure of leadership or not. However, after yesterday's election what is certainly not debatable is that Steve Shine no longer represents the voters of his party.
Personally, I don't think either party should endorse candidates in the primary. The idea of party-building is to promote all your candidates and let the membership decide who they want to represent the party. But if you do go out on a limb and support a primary candidate, then you had better be damn sure they will win because a loss completely undermines your presence within the party.
Shine lined up nearly every county-wide elected official to support Peters. He got Congressman Mark Souder to endorse him. He also had state-wide officials holding fundraisers and supporting him - in essence, he bet the farm...and lost.
In yesterday's vote the party membership not only rejected Nelson Peters but also Shine's leadership. They refused to follow his lead and with their votes they let him know they wanted the party to move in a new direction. He can no longer claim to be an effective leader within his own party.
Steve Shine should accept the will of the voters and resign...