Mass GOP Job #1 Win me back

by Datechguy | February 2nd, 2013

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Mass GOP Job #1 Win me back

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 (4139) 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.

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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

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

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