Richard Tisei seemed poised to score a win over John “Taxes? What Taxes?” Tierney in a race that would add at least one GOP seat to the Massachusetts House delegation.
There is no question that Tisei is a better choice than Tierney who frankly had no business being re-elected in 2010, but Mr. Tisei has started to show signs of catching the dreaded GOP disease Scozzafever!
Scozzafever is an illness that spreads among members of the GOP that want to be loved by the MSM. Symptoms include public disdain for the GOP caucus, allergic reactions to all things grass-roots or tea party (except fundraising dollars) and the obsessive need to go before the cameras to attack the party. The disease is most common among Gay or pro-abortion republicans but prolonged exposure to the national media in DC can cause this disease to strike the most stalwart member of the party over time.
In its most advanced stages Scozzafever (Sometimes referred to as Huntsman’s disease) causes the victim refer to his own party as Knuckleheads and to appear on cable networks as a regular guest supposedly “representing” his party in the eyes of the viewers while spending his entire appearance attacking the very caucus that he is a part of.
Once out of public office victims of Scozzafever tend to find themselves as regular contributors to MSNBC whenever it is necessary to have a “republican” on set however this symptom only manifests itself after a successful election or a presidential campaign.
When signs of Scozzafever appear Republicans need to take special care, while it is always better to have that extra seat the question becomes: Will the advantage of that single house seat be sufficient to compensate for the damage a single victim of Scozzafever can do to the party?
This is a disease that can be beaten, but one who has been hit with said symptoms has to be willing to publicly shake them off, in this case Richard Tisei has one advantage, he has first hand experience on how hitting social conservative positions can turn a winnable race into a disaster. After all that’s why it is Mr. Tisei not Lt. Gov Tisei running for national office.