I can’t invest in failure Frank!
The Verdict 1982
El Cid: Sire, all those you see here, though none dare say so, harbor the suspicion that you may have counseled your own brother’s death. Unless you can prove your innocence you will have no loyal subjects. Your kingdom will be torn by doubt. Thus I can not give you fidelity nor own you as my liege
King Alphonso: What will satisfy you of my innocence?
El Cid: Your oath upon the holy book.
King Alphonso: You would ask a me to swear?
El Cid: Sire I DO ask it!
El Cid 1961
In the campaign for GOP chair an expressed goal of the party in general and of the two candidates in particular was to grow the Republican party in Massachusetts and to work with activists who had contributed to the party’s success in 2010.
The events of Thursday evening suggest otherwise.
The party’s embarrassments of Thursday, if not handled properly, could have potentially fatal implications for the future (if any) of the GOP in the Bay State.
Thursday’s debacle left the activists who attended outraged. They were upset with the blatant attempt to steal the election during the first ballot, angered at the attempt to block the 2nd after the votes were cast, befuddled when their candidate was made to announce his defeat ad simply outraged that they had to literally scream for the vote count of the second ballot (41-39) before it was given.
These are the people who came on board in Jan 2010 before the rise of Tea Party Strength nationally, they were the people who made the calls, held the signs, packed the rallies and for the first time got involved to give the GOP a senate win they had not achieved in two generations.
It is no coincidence that less that 24 hours after this debacle, despite the eventual victory of his candidate Scott Brown announced he will NOT be running in the Special election for US senate.
Facades of unity not withstanding, after a campaign where the national leader (Romney) and the state leader (Brown) spent their time running away from the tea party the actions of the party on Thursday were the last straw for activists. You can’t grow a party by throwing away your base. Whatever people might say publicly, until the party leadership convinces the Tea Party activists they will be treated in an above-board manner as valued members of the GOP, Robert Menendez will have a better chance of finishing his term in the US senate then the GOP will have of recruiting members let alone win a statewide election.
This herculean task can’t be tackled if the party is in denial. So in the interest of advancing the cause of Conservatism in general and the GOP in particular I’ve decided to illustrate the issue explicitly.
If the party wants me and people like me they’ll have to earn me. When the GOP can convince me that they are serious about growing the party, when they convince me they are serious about treating the tea party et/al as valued members as opposed to a source of temp labor and occasional funds. I’ll be happy to return to the Republican Party in as public a fashion as I’ve just left it.
It’s their call.
Update: video pulled from Youtube