On Friday Morning Joe did three segments (in fairness one was a repeat) on Mike Huckabeee remarks concerning how Democrats look at women.

I found the segments fascinating,  concentrating on the pluses they played the full remarks in context at the beginning of both segments so regardless of whatever else I thought of what they said the viewer had the chance to hear the words as said as opposed to certain reporters who after the left pushed a lie around the world “clarified” what he had said in context

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But from that point on the emphasis was all “Uncle sugar” & “libido”. The point he was making was in MSNBC Shtick, it wasn’t till the end where Joe Scarborough make the point that nobody is telling me Mika et/al didn’t get in the first place.

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Then in the middle segment they took the liberty of repeating that same performance with a different crew and throwing in the Governor Cuomo story that they managed to ignore until they had a person to put up at the same time.

The whole point of the segments were that the GOP is hopefully out of touch with women as opposed of course to Democrats.

That theme was continued in the Atlantic:

The creepy, condescending-uncle image, the retrograde attitude toward sex: Huckabee managed to illustrate exactly the phenomenon he was trying to decry, the perception that Republicans don’t know how to talk to or about women.

Washington Monthly:

The Mike Huckabee brouhaha yesterday offered about the 155th recent opportunity for non-conservatives to observe that the “rebranding” exercise of the Republican Party isn’t going that well.

and The American Prospect:

Ignorance: These kinds of statements tend to come from older conservative men who have no idea how ladyparts work, and really don’t want to know. That extends to contraception, which as far as they’re concerned is something that is women’s responsibility and therefore there’s no need to understand it.

and the Democrat party wasted no time creating a web video clipping the speech to make it wildly out of context:

The bottom line those nasty republicans are unenlightened when it comes to women.

Which brings us to Massachusetts State Rep Carlos Henriquez:

You haven’t heard of Representative Carlos Henriquez? Well in July of 2012 he was charged with Kidnapping and assault of a woman. In Sept the kidnapping charge was dropped but the other charges remained pending.

Strangely enough this took place at the height of the entire “War on Women Meme” was being advanced by the press however as Mr. Henriquez has a (D) next to his name the media didn’t find those charges reflective of the War on Women meme so not only did it get very little press, but even with the charges hanging over him he ran for re-election and won by 46 points! in his overwhelmingly Democrat Boston district.

The media’s disinterest continued on the subject as he served then on January 14th Henriquez was convicted of two counts of A & B on & sentenced to 2 1/2 years with 6 months to serve. The next day the Mass GOP called on the Governor to demand his resignation

“The MassGOP calls on the state’s leading Democrat, Governor Deval Patrick to immediately demand the resignation of Representative Carlos Henriquez. If the resignation is not tendered right away, there may not be adequate time for a special election and thus robbing the good people of Dorchester representation on Beacon Hill.”

Three days later I had the Chair of the Massachusetts GOP on my radio show and we marveled at the fact Mr. Henriquez was still a state rep.

MA GOP Chair Kirsten Hughes: …again absolute power corrupts absolutely and that just Henriquez is just one example of a long line of them.

DaTechGuy: and just to make sure that our listeners to make it clear he’s actually been convicted and sentenced to jail.

KH: That’s right six months yea

DT: this isn’t just a person whose been accused now he’s been convicted and sentenced, and we keep hear about the Republican “war on woman” yet we have a guy here, a state rep whose actually assaulted a woman and you have the chair of the republican party in Massachusetts who happens to be a woman calling for his resignation and the governor…

Joe Mangiacotti: won’t do. He was sentenced Wednesday to six months in jail that was…

KH: Yeah

JM: … what happened there. Ahem According to police he choked and punched Catherine Gonzalez in the Summer of 2012 that was his, he took her for a ride and took her cell phone she was, drove her to Boston she was able to escape the vehicle and call the police and that’s what…

DTG: It Boggles the mind

four days later Adrian Walker at the Boston Globe, to his credit, wrote the following about Mr. Henriquez:

It’s been nearly a week now since the Dorchester lawmaker was convicted of assaulting a woman who had dared to refuse to have sex with him. She was a college student who met him working on a class project; somehow she ended up assaulted and stranded on the side of the road at 4 a.m. after jumping out of his car. Henriquez didn’t testify or make any statement after the verdict.

A judge sentenced him to six months in the Suffolk County House of Correction with the words, “When a woman tells you she doesn’t want to have sex, that means she does not want to have sex.”

If that doesn’t establish Mr. Henriquez credentials as a belligerent on in the “war on women” nothing does but in the best traditions of the Democrat Party & Bill Clinton …

Henriquez plans to appeal his conviction. That’s his right, but his pursuit of an appeal raises the terrible prospect that he plans to hang on until it’s denied or even until he gets out of jail. Either would rate a high place in the annals of political selfishness. The fate of his constituents should not be tethered to his long-shot appeal.

The House, of course, can kick him out. But the Ethics Committee process is opaque and convoluted. The committee would have to conduct its own investigation of Henriquez’s misbehavior. Sure, the trial transcript could substantially shorten that process. But the fact is, a convicted criminal shouldn’t have to be expelled.

Even though he appeared at a house hearing this week in handcuffs I have to ask Mr. Walker is this:

Why WOULD Mr. Henriquez even consider resigning?

The media in the middle of a national election with a “war on women” meme found a Democrat pol charged with assault and kidnapping not significant enough to warrant national attention. His heavenly democrat district re-elected him by 46 points. Democrats in the state didn’t find his being charged sufficient ground to call for his resignation and apparently his conviction hasn’t prompted those calls either. Update:

The conviction prompted a chorus of calls for his resignation. Governor Deval Patrick, House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh all called for him to resign, and DeLeo said he was taking steps to expel him, if he does not step down.

And now It’s Sunday and while the national media and the professional left take glee at the remarks of Mike Huckabeee Carlos Henriquez remains a state representative because he knows that nobody in the national media will take any note…

…not as long as he has a D next to his name.

Here is my take on the subject from Yesterday’s show

Exit question. If Henriquez was a republican would there have been any other story in the news until he resigned and was denounced by every single GOP person in the universe on camera?

Bonus question:  If you argue that Henriquez is a “local story” explain the coverage of Bob Filner of California or Mayor Ford whose in a different damn country!

Update: finished the “nasty republican” sentence that was hanging

Update 2: Remember Henriquez’s arrest took place in the middle of the Brown/Warren race I wonder how many time Elizabeth Warren talked about a Republican “war on women” vs the amount of time she called on Democrat Carlos Henriquez to drop out of his race?

Update 3: Kathleen Parker says “It’s all how you say things” but what if like, in the case of Democrat Carlos Henriquez, the media won’t say anything?

Update 4: An alternative timeline plus a correction above of some post conviction calls for resignation. Funny you would thing the arrest & charges would have been enough to start the chorus.

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It’s Sunday the start of a new pay week spanning the end of this month and the beginning of the next one and I start the week in an unusually enviable position.

My monthly goal has already been reached I’ve already transferred the funds to pay the Jan mortgage (which will be done later today) and have begun paying my Magnificent Seven their well deserved fees for their excellent pieces.

However complacency is not called for.  The business has been carrying some credit card debt.  A weak week will decrease it, a week as spectacular as last week’s would half it.

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These days there is all kinds of talk about how the GOP will fare in 2014 today we’re going to talk to somebody who has to deal with that problem every single day Massachusetts GOP chair Kirsten Hughes.

We’ll be talking about her year as GOP chair from its tough start to today, her efforts to build a party in one of the bluest states in the nation and what is coming up for the 2014 election as Charlie Baker makes his 2nd attempt at the Governor’s chair.

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It is 10 AM on Saturday and by the end of the day one of two things will be true.

Either this will be the third week in a row were we failed to make paycheck and the prospect of making the mortgage this month will be doubtful even if we make our goal for the final two weeks of the month.

Or this will be the first week of 2014 where we make a full paycheck and we have an outside chance of making the mortgage if we make our goals for the next two weeks.

Your call.

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Lewis Morris: Mr. Secretary, New York abstains, courteously.

John Hancock: Mr. Morris, WHAT IN HELL GOES ON IN NEW YORK?

1776 (1972)

In the special election to fill the seat vacated by John Kerry this year Gabriel Gomez only drew 45% of the vote that Scott Brown managed in 2012. Although I supported him once he was nominated many conservatives including Michael Graham refused to go along.

they didn’t like his running against his party or his positions on subjects like Immigration or gun control and when yesterday I suggested he might have superior judgement than Ed Markey on a vote concerning war my friend John LaRosa disagreed tweeting


That is true, it’s very possible that Gabriel Gomez would have voted with the president if he sat on the armed services committee and I might have strongly disagreed with his position…

…but at least he would have taken one.

The Massachusetts lawmaker, sworn in to office in July after winning a special election, voted “present” on a resolution giving President Obama limited authority to use military force against Syria. Markey, a liberal who often votes with Obama, didn’t vote “yes” as 10 of his Senate Foreign Relations Committee colleagues did.

He also didn’t vote “no” with seven others, including two Democrats. The “present” vote means Markey was there, but didn’t want to state which side he’s on.

Here is the vote

If he thought there was not enough evidence and needed more time for a vote he could have objected to the unanimous consent resolutions and have requested that additional time be granted. He might have been able to get enough votes to get such a delay.

But that would require the courage of his convictions, something apparently Senator Markey doesn’t possess. He actually makes Obama look decisive.

That vote is a disgrace to state of Massachusetts and there is no question who is to blame for our disgrace before the entire nation and world.

The voters of Massachusetts.

The citizens who voted for Ed Markey should be ashamed of themselves for knowingly voting for a hack pol with a history of expedient votes.

We who voted for Gabriel Gomez should be ashamed they were unable or unwilling to do their utmost to persuade enough people to join us.

Oddly enough the majority of Massachusetts voters who didn’t bother going to the polls should be overjoyed. They couldn’t be bothered to make a decision when it was time to choose a senator and he could be bothered to make a decision when it was time to decide to authorize their children to fight or not. He couldn’t have represented them better.

I thought this state was incapable of surprising me anymore. I was wrong.

Closing thought: Today should be the best day on the job that Kirsten Hughes has had since her election. How she handles this totally unexpected gift will say as much about the GOP’s choice of her as party chair as yesterday’s vote said about the state’s choice of Ed Markey as senator.

Today in Gardner MA Kirsten Hughes the Chairwoman of the Massachusetts GOP joined a small standout local standout in the center of town to increase awareness of the new increases in the state Gas Tax:

The small group held signs and got a generally positive reception from drives who came by

Former state rep Rich Bastein showed up a little way into the event

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and spoke to me.

as did another one of the protesters

The entire tax increase didn’t get the media it deserved and this was a small standout but there is something I’d like to say about it.

I heard about the standout a few days ago, it was going to be a very small thing with local activists, just a few people some tea party from the local area trying to make the point so I was prepared to cover it with that understanding.

That Kirsten Hughes the GOP party chair took the time to join this small event in Gardner, far from Boston and the camera of the MSM to stand with these activists says something about her and what it says is very positive.

This type of local interest is exactly what is needed to grow the party in this state, plant the seeds.

Well done. More please.


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Did a lot of driving today and with the higher gas tax that weekly paycheck is more important than ever.

as of this moment I’m $204 shy. Might there be 10 souls willing to kick in that $20 each to put me over the top?

.did a lot of driving today

We’ve got to stop being the stupid party.

Bobby Jindel 2013

Sire you risk having no Spain at all

El Cid 1961

A few hours ago at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Natick Mass where the GOP was poised to elect a chairman, the Republican party managed to do something so incredible that if you told me it was possible at the beginning of the night I would not have believed you.

After opening speeches, nominating speeches, and two excellent presentations by candidates Rick Green and Kirsten Hughes the 80 members of the local party committees took their vote, and this happened.

Yes you saw that right , the party actually disallowed a ballot for Rick Green marked “RG” because of course the intent of the committee member was to vote for the late World War 1 French Fighter Pilot Roland Garros giving Kirsten Hughes a 39-38 win with two abstention and one ballot disallowed.

And Yes, it took a committee member making a public objection for this mendacity to be revealed to the outrage of the assembled public (heavily supporting Greene) and the embarrassment of that public revelation for said ballot to be counted and a 2nd ballot to take place.

I commented thus

Believe it or not it got worse.

When the 2nd ballot was completed but before the votes was counted a motion was made to reconsider the allowing of the RG ballot to the absolute astonishment of the audience. It took some loud debate and audience reaction for the gentleman who proposed the reconsidering of the initial vote to withdraw it.

After the votes were counted the outgoing chairman asked Rick Green to announce the results, which was a victory for Kirsten Hughes. After very brief remarks Ms Hughes immediately moved for the adjournment of the meeting while activist shouted for the vote total that was not announced. Eventually she announced the vote 41-39 Hughes. As the balloting was secret we don’t know if it was just a question of the two abstaining members going Hughes or several votes changing.

While a lot of people I trust deeply have wonderful things to say about Chairwoman Hughes and she certainly not only carried herself graciously to all she spoke to, but was kind enough to grant me what was likely her first on camera interview as GOP chair

the reactions of some of the activists present after the vote were bluntly not what you would want after this kind of event.

Others, while more conciliatory still bode ill

The Democrats couldn’t have paid for a better result, Ms Hughes has her work cut out for her.

I’ll have the rest of the videos I shot up tomorrow morning but I’ll leave you with this.

In September of 2010 in Washington DC I interviewed tea party activists at a huge rally at the Capital and asked this question:

“Who here trusts the GOP?” Not a single hand went up

Now you know why.

Update: The remainder of my videos:

Interview Pat Barron just after my arrival:

Interview Marty Lamb before initial vote

Pan of the Room before the event:

Vice chairwoman before votes

Kirsten Hughes nomination seconded:

Rick Green Nomination seconded:

two videos pending

Kirsten Hughes campaign speech

Rick Green campaign speech

Update 3: Can you say “Cause and Effect?

I was not at all certain that a third Senate campaign in less than four years, and the prospect of returning to a Congress even more partisan than the one I left, was really the best way for me to continue in public service at this time. And I know it’s not the only way for me to advance the ideals and causes that matter most to me,” he said.

“That is why I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate in the upcoming special election,” Brown concluded.”

While I think this is the right move for Brown I wonder if the reaction to yesterday’s….interesting GOP committee election had anything to do with it?

BTW Apparently the NHGOP isn’t doing much better on that unity thing:

We have to divide the party in order to unite it (Jim Foley’s rant from the podium, and Wayne MacDOnald’s attack on bloggers.)
We have to hide the vote count in order to prove we won (Both candidates for chairman were sworn to secrecy, and the delegates were not informed of the actual votes – news trickled out later)
We have to vote without a quorum to ensure the result is fair (Votes for area chairs were suddenly called during lunch break)

and the Grok People explain our function.