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Saturday Governor Charlie Baker spent the Day in Fitchburg Massachusetts stumping with longtime City Councilor Dean Tran who is running against even longer time city Councillor Steven Hay for the State Rep seat vacated by newly elected mayor Steve DiNatale.

The final stop on the governor’s trip where he would speak for Dean and meet voters was Destare gov 2 002 a small nightclub/bar at the corner of main and Cushing street where believe it or not 30 years ago at the ripe old age of 23 I opened a comic book/hobby shop which is now their downstairs storeroom.

Fitchburg didn’t have the reputation it does now but it seemed like every other month till I moved it my shop was broken into and robbed, so I asked the Owner if he had any trouble since opening up several years ago. He said quite the opposite he had seen no trouble at all which, along with good food, good drink and excellent wi-fi speed explains his success.

I arrived around 1 PM and set up laptop and mike where I would record the first two segments of DaTechGuy off DaRadio podcast (available by clicking the fedora in the corner or emailed directly if you subscribe). Within a few minutes sign holder for Dean Tran led by the indomitable Mary Lotze formerly of the Twin city Tea party and now head of the Fitchburg Republican Committee.gov 2 001

As time passed the number of sign holders grew outside while the club started to fill up. About 20 minutes before the governor arrived I noticed a group of well dressed men sitting by the window. It tuned out they were from a protestant church in the Cleghorn part of town which once housed the large French Canadian population who came down from Canada to work the now shuttered factories that once dominated Fitchburg when it was a hub of manufacturing from shoes to Machine Guns, but is now one of two sections of down where the Spanish population is concentrated. Minister George Rodriguez consented to an interview:

Alas the lith ion battery in my primary camera choose at the end of that interview to die o I switched to my broken (no stills, no zoom) but still functioning emergency backup camera for the rest of the day. I used that to record this interview with Ed Vargus who was in attendance promoting his program to get kids off the street using skateboarding which I recorded later in the day

but include here because it fits with the Minister’s talk about getting involved with the community.

Fifteen minutes after the interview with the Minister the Governor arrived.

The governor was accompanied by his wife and Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis one of the most popular elected republicans in the area and one of the few actually taller than Charlie Baker. Despite the recent squabbles concerning the state committee (more on that here) he warmly greeted, and was warmly greeted by, those standing out.

When the Governor and the Sheriff came in they worked the crowd greeting and talking to people who attended. It’s worth nothing that they gave time to the attendees rather than simply making perfunctorily statements.and shaking hands which is one of the reasons for his popularity.

After about 15 minutes of that the guests of honor took the stage, first the Sheriff, then the Governor and then Counselor Tran who was the object of today’s exercise.

The Sheriff emphasized in his speech public safety without which none of the other things that make a city great can be achieved and his work with Counselor Tran on that subject. The Governor stressed his own beginnings as a selectman where everybody knows where you live an knows when you’ve voted a way they dislike and let you know about it and talked of how Dean’s background would be of great use as a representative. When Counselor Tran took the stage he talked about bread and butter issues but two things stood out to me.

When talking about jobs he stressed how jobs in Fitchburg meant families could stay in Fitchburg echoing the Chris Christie “Grandparents” speech which in my opinion should be a staple of any GOP speech on fiscal responsibility.

But what really stood out to me was his American Dream story by which he could come from a 3rd world country, come to America, succeed at business, be the first minority counselor in Fitchburg and then run for state office with the endorsement of the most popular governor in the Entire United States.

There was some jocularity as well. Dean is of short stature and both the Governor and the Sheriff tower over him and there was some good natured ribbing along those lines but in terms of public service they all stand tall together.

I had hoped to ask the governor a few questions about his popularity (Is it a function of the no drama, get things done work ethic, the possibility of him being considered for a national ticket, an his efforts to slowly increase the number of elected republicans to at least get enough to sustain a veto in one house but Gov Baker took no questions and frankly didn’t give me a first look. Sheriff Lew was friendly but noting another commitment that he had to attend apologized leaving right after the speech. I had better luck with Counselor Tran himself.

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I have a long memory , when we were fighting Planned Parenthood in Fitchburg Counselor Tran was sympathetic to use while his opponent was whole hog for Planned Parenthood so there is no question where my vote is going on Tuesday.

One oddity. This special election is the day of the Massachusetts primary (Supertuesday) so one might think the increased turnout and the Trump phenom would help Counselor Tran but it’s also worth noting that there are separate ballots for the presidential primary and the local election so it’s unclear how if at all, that will affect the outcome. This came out in my conversation with Mary Lotze in a segment which I recorded as part of my Podcast and include here

As I said before It’s a good sign that the governor is stumping for a social conservative despite the State committee kerfuffle it remains to be seen if he, the sheriff, the LT Gov (who attended an earlier event that I was unavailable to cover) and the increased turnout will be enough to give us our first GOP state rep out of Fitchburg in a while.

That dear voters is up to you.

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By Definition I of course want all of the posts at DaTechGuy Blog to be read and noticed but looking at my 2015 stats I want to point to five posts that deserve a lot more attention then they got:

January 17 2015

The I93 gift to the GOP if they’re only smart enough to use it

By now you’ve heard about the I93 debacle in Boston, how a group of “activists” held up traffic for hours, disrupted the lives of thousands of folks, cost millions of dollars in lost wages and wasted time and even messed up ambulance service in the area.

The anger against these fools is almost universal and all kinds of creative names are being used to describe them, but there is one description that should be the first one out of the lips of everyone but for some reason is not.

Democrats

These people ARE the Democrat base, you will not find a single Romney or even a Charlie Baker voter among them, These are the folks who have been crying “War on Women”, Heteronormative Patriarchy and all that good stuff, and right now they have managed to anger almost the entire voting population of one of the most liberal states in the Union.

Yet where is the Mass GOP pressing State Democrats on these protesters? Where are the conservative talk show hosts, bloggers et/all calling every single state Democrat senator and rep to comment?

It’s a story of how the GOP never seems to learn and a great contrast to Trump fighting back against Hillary Clinton.

Feb 11th 2015

Pope Provides very Public Context for: “Who am I to Judge” Media Yawns


Pope Francis offered his support this week to pro-family Slovaks who have championed a referendum this Saturday to outlaw “gay marriage” and adoption of children by same-sex partners.
In his weekly general audience on Wednesday, during the section where the pope normally greets different nationalities, Francis said, “I greet the pilgrims from Slovakia and, through them, I wish to express my appreciation to the entire Slovak church, encouraging everyone to continue their efforts in defense of the family, the vital cell of society.”

That referendum won with 90% support but the Pope’s support was apparently not newsworthy

Odd in the midst of all the Alabama gay marriage news I didn’t see the US media go long on the Pope’s support of the winning side here only a post at the Huffington post gay voices section.

Why is this not news? Because no matter how much the left spins the popularity of Gay Marriage it can’t be spun to be more popular than the Pope who opposes it openly and the left is still openly fearful of attacking the first Latin American Pope who is extremely popular with almost every native Spanish Speaker in the western hemisphere.

There are times when I can’t figure out who wants to spin the Pope more, liberals or conservatives.

April 19th 2015 Ted Cruz John Kasich Carly Fiorina or Why I don’t travel with the Media Swarm

Now at first glance that might seem like a bad idea, after all smaller bloggers have fought very hard for the right to be considered equals with the MSM and if one is credentialed one should take advantage of it. But there are two factors that made the decision easy. The first is at a GOP event being part of the press scrum is like wearing a big sign in front of a candidate saying “I’m here to destroy you if I can” but the second is the same factor just mentioned above.

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While the Press Entrance was next to the door connecting to the green room & private area most people not named Trump don’t want to be instantly swarmed by press. The Salon spot not only gave good plug access it allowed me a view of the main entrance and the experience next to the bar restaurant meaning when someone like Say Carly Fiorina is coming in.

A lot of my live coverage of events got very little attention, that was kind of discouraging.

April 22nd 2015

Women ARE having Children, just not the Right ones

It’s no coincidence that each year the pro-life marches contain more and more young people, particularly woman and their children brought up in religious homes, many educated in religious schools while not immune to the influences of the MSM culture are much more likely to hold the values that their parents hold dear.

They will be bouncing children and grandchildren on their knees while the women in Stacy McCain’s sex trouble series prepare their cat lady starter kits

If you want to know why Democrats are so pro-illegal immigration & pro islam, this is why.

May 9th 2015

Tina Fey, Slutwalks & Knowing Your Worth

The reality is that if these women were marching fully clothed nobody would notice them therefore they deliberately march in a state of undress, ie parade himself as sex object in order to get people to pay attention to them while at the same time scolding said observers for viewing them as sex objects, although as Stacy McCain pointed out for some of said attendees it’s an iffy proposition for them to be noticed even in said state of undress.

What does that have to do with Tina Fey? Well like the women of slutwalk she was making a statement but that statement had nothing to do with feminism and not being viewed as a sex object and everything to do with being recognized as a sex object. Consider the image from the video at Chicks on the Right choose. It’s Ms. Fey bending over in a pose that frankly screams, pardon my vulgarity, “mount me”

It’s because of a rather nasty reality

 So where does that leave Tina Fey until the SNL 50th anniversary reunion?

It leaves her as an attractive woman who will be turning 45 on my birthday in an industry unkind to women as they age or put on weight who needs to be noticed.

As as Tami Erin once of Pippi Longstocking fame but now of Hustler Magazine fame discovered, a very easy way for an attractive woman to get noticed is to put herself out there in an advanced state of undress on Camera.  As Miley Cyrus will tell you doing so in front of a large television audience is even better.

That’s what the Letterman gambit was all about. It wasn’t about comedy, it was about her being noticed at a time when nobody was the least bit interested.

Tina’s stuff never got ratings, NEVER.

September 13th 2015

Kim Davis MLK and Civil Disobedience vs George Wallace The Democrat Party & Political Opportunism

Wallace didn’t go to jail or risk penalties for his beliefs because he didn’t have any other than “George Wallace deserves to be elected” , when segregation was popular he trumped segregation, when it became unpopular suddenly decided he spoke against it. In fact it seems to me that when it came to pols following in Wallace’s footstep the people are not Democrats like Kim Davis but Democrats like Barack Obama and Joe Biden, who, as you might have forgotten, abruptly changed their position when it appeared large gay donors were closing their purses.

And once they did by an astounding coincidence the entire democrat party from Bill Clinton who signed the Defence of Marriage act to every single Democrat pol who said things like this:

That’s a direct contrast to Kim Davis

Contrast all of this with Kim Davis. Davis didn’t seek publicity, those who choose to force her hand did, as marriage licences were available just a few miles away. Even as the country’s media and elites demonized her and pundit after pundit attacked her she went to court to defend her position citing her religious beliefs seeking a compromise that would allow her to function without her name being one marriage certificates.

When ordered to jail, she didn’t put on a show, she went to jail and when released during the middle of a rally in her support (a rally used by at least one presidential candidate to showboat a bit) rather than talking politics or anything of that nature she praised God while her lawyers, speaking to media stated that she would not be doing anything different to violate her conscience:

Doesn’t sound very Wallace. In fact, instead of political opportunism that’s a classic example of civil disobedience. Violate law, take penalty. That’s how it works.

I would have pushed the Doctor Who posts, but that’s a niche Market and this isn’t England.

Happy New Year all

Carl Von Clausewitz:  War is the continuation of politics by other means.

Abe Lincoln: One matter further, gentlemen. We fight on their level. With trickery, brutality, finality.

Star Trek The Savage Curtain 1968

I’ve got to tell you the more I see of Al Sharpton the more I’m thinking the GOP needs to take lessons from him.

No not in terms of the dishonorable behavior, the race baiting, the tax fraud, the willingness to incite violence and murder to advance his personal wealth and fame. Not even in terms of his highly successful weight loss.

But I’ll tell you one thing, he certainly knows how to keep the pressure on his enemies or as the Oscar business shows even his friends:

The Rev. Al Sharpton was left fuming mad after the Oscars revealed its all-white list of nominees for this year’s Oscar awards on Thursday.

“The movie industry is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher you get, the whiter it gets,” Sharpton quipped in a statement released later in the afternoon.

Sharpton, a critic of the lack of diversity in Hollywood, also announced he was holding an “emergency meeting” next week to address the issue.

“I have called an emergency meeting early next week in Hollywood with the task force to discuss possible action around the Academy Awards,” he said.

Now as you might have guessed from yesterday’s sarcastic post that I don’t think much of his argument, but consider the situation. Sharpton saw an opening and pounced.

Furthermore he made sure that those he was going after felt the pressure to the point where every news station reported on it and the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts felt compelled to respond.

True Sharpton’s appeal and pressure is toward a niche market but his move will continue to press his advantage within that niche.

Meanwhile it’s been almost a week since the i93 protest and if you google “i93 democrats” the only piece linking these leftist to the Democrats seems to be mine.

We had a chance to put the left into retreat and not only are we wasting it but we’ve not only given them the chance to create their own spin:

They said they were protesting in solidarity with “Black Lives Matter”, but Boston police commissioner William Evans isn’t so sure. “If lives mattered today, those kids wouldn’t have been out there doing what they did, because they put a lot of lives in danger.”

Evans says these protesters who claimed to be supporting the Black Lives Matter movement were actually hijacking the cause. “This isn’t a normal group that has been operating in the city, I think this is an Occupy Anarchist movement that was hell-bent on causing problems in the name of Black Lives Matter.”

But we’ve given them the chance to take the initiative:

State Rep. Colleen Garry has filed legislation that would make protests like the one that shut down Interstate 93 in both directions Thursday morning a felony.

The Dracut Democrat filed two bills, amending attempted-murder and manslaughter statutes to include “purposefully causing harm to an individual or killing an individual by blocking access to and/or a public highway or roadway.”

“I’m just outraged that people would be that reckless,” Garry told The Sun. “Everyone has a right to protest, but to do that kind of thing in a highway or a roadway? I’m very furious about it, if you can tell.”

Seriously Did we really give the Democrats a chance to do this before us and run from their base? Are we really that stupid, or lazy or both?

I’ll say one thing for Al Sharpton, he may be a crook, an Anti-Semite, and a racist provocateur but he knows how to press an attack and keep the pressure on.

Would that just for a few days the GOP could do the same.

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There is one week to the election and we keep seeing new polls talking about how close things are, how the election will go down to the wire.

On MSNBC everyone is spinning looking at pols first saying how close it is , while at the same time claiming that things look good for their favorite candidates (like Chris Christie).

Granted a network needs a race, even beyond being Democrats with bylines they need you to have a reason to watch. No race means no story and their job is to keep you from switching over to Doctor Who reruns on BBC America. If the people in front of those camera can’t do that they’ll be replaced by other that can.

So in the interest of decoding what’s really happening out there these are the things to consider:

Right now the poll numbers mean very little, the odds of any trend suddenly reversing in the last week, baring something like a giant Ebola Outbreak or the fall of Baghdad, are pretty low. So the trends more than anything else will establish where these races are going.

But while the trends even in Massachusetts are good for the GOP right now, as the Leominster GOP committee chair notes, they hard work has to continue.

And that’s why last night, while Charlie Baker and Martha Coakley had at it in Worcester Two GOP candidates Rich Bastien running for State Senate in the Worcester Middlesex district  and Brad Wyatt running for State Rep in the 12th Worcester  district were at the Twin City Tea Party asking for votes and looking for workers.

Wyatt, in his first race has been approaching his fight against a 20 yr incumbent like a business concentrating on door knocking and contesting votes to the point where his opponent, who normally feels safe about ignoring GOP candidates, has been on the attack.

But attacks or no Wyatt soldiers on, to him both the campaign and a potential job as State Rep are problems to be solved. As he put it:

My time on earth is too short to go up to Boston to get along to go along

That’s the same theme that former State Rep Richard Bastien running in the Worcester and Middlesex district for State Senate discussed before the Tea Party. With a debate scheduled for tonight he had his pitch down pat talking not only about the area he wishes to represent, an area, that has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation but noting that for all his opponents talk of “Jobs” five decades of Democrat rule has led to decades of decline.

The democrats have been in control of Massachusetts longer than the Castro’s have controlled Cuba

The results have been similar people leaving as fast as they can.

He talked about the amount of outside money coming in for his opponents asking why groups in Ohio for example are spending money on a central mass State Senate race. He answered his question when he noted the state budgeted over 36 Billion dollars (not counting off budget items) this year.

That’s the final piece of the puzzle of election 2014.

For all the positive GOP trends and for all the leftists in office claiming they don’t know the president they hailed as a messiah in 2008 nationwide, there is a wild card to be considered: The Unions, the NGO, the green companies and all of the various groups that have lived high off the hog on the tax dollars their democrat allies have sent their way.

Given the spending levels of government Tens of millions of dollars are a drop in the bucket. These people are not going to give up those hundreds of billions of your tax dollars nationwide without a fight.

With that amount of money at stake if anyone for one moment thinks they will not violate law when all hey risk are low level operatives, is a fool.

The trends might be going your way and you might work very hard but if you aren’t keeping your eyes on the polls and ballots from the moment the doors are open till the last vote is counted you are setting yourself up for defeat.

You have been warned.

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Sir Humphrey: Bernard, what would you say to your present master as the next Prime Minister?
Bernard: The Minister?
Sir Humphrey: Yes.
Bernard: Mr Hacker?
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As Prime Minister?
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In late November I’ll be celebrating the 7th anniversary of my blog. In those seven years there have been two instances where I woke up in the morning and was so surprised at what was being reported that I presumed I was still asleep and dreaming. The first was when Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize:

Being a normal and sane man I assumed I was still groggy or maybe still asleep and then turned on the TV.

Apparently not being George Bush counts for a lot. From what I’ve seen on Morning Joe even the White House seems a bit embarrassed.

And the resignation of Pope Francis XVI

Just woke up and turned on the TV but couldn’t find the controller so only saw the pictures of the pope and talk of an election, it wasn’t until about 4 minutes later that I found out that Benedict XVI will resign effective Feb 28th.
I was rather surprised it was a contrast to Pope John Paul II who stayed on as an example of perseverance but of course it is up to the pope who decide if he is physically capable of ding the job.

Today came number 3 when I saw this headline at Hotair:

Boston Globe endorses Republican for MA governor

Granted it’s not as unusual for this to happen as a Pope resigning (after while you have to go to per-guttenburg days to find a Pope resigning you only have to go back 20 years to find the Globe going for Bill Weld.

Still the idea of the Boston Globe picking a republican is very odd to say the least, so odd that if you look at reaction from the right there is one person to blame for this and it isn’t Charlie Baker.

How bad a candidate is Martha Coakley? Boston Globe endorses Republican for Gov

Or this from Jazz at Hotair

Maybe this would have meant more if the Globe had endorsed Charlie Baker before the Republican gubernatorial candidate had opened up a 9-point lead over Martha Coakley. The latest Globe poll shows Baker as an inevitability, which gives this editorial endorsement more of a flavor of a bandwagon effect than a heartfelt choice

That’s a very fair point and the daily caller provides context

In past elections, The Globe has only backed Republican candidates in anticipation of landslide victories; Bill Weld crushed Mark Roosevelt in the 1994 election, garnering nearly 71% of the popular vote in the process.

I agree, the primary driver is the bandwagon effect but consider, you can’t have a bandwagon if someone hasn’t managed to get a lead and the Baker campaign deserves full marks for doing a better job than the last time he ran and lost, which apparently can’t be said for Martha Coakley.

And if you look a the the Globe’s editorial they make a legit case

Effective activist government isn’t built on good intentions. To provide consistently good results, especially for the state’s most vulnerable and troubled residents, agencies need to focus on outcomes, learn from their errors, and preserve and replicate approaches that succeed. Baker, a former health care executive, has made a career of doing just that. During this campaign, he has focused principally on making state government work better. The emphasis is warranted. And in that spirit, the Globe endorses Charlie Baker for governor.

This is very true of Charlie Baker but then again it was true of Charlie Baker the last time and that wasn’t enough to cause them to abandon Deval Patrick.  This time however thanks to the Gilligan effect hitting Democrats this year,  competent is the new sexy.  The Globe continues:

Baker splits from the national Republican Party on social issues such as abortion rights and same-sex marriage. The commitment he expresses to avoid raising taxes shouldn’t be mistaken for an allergy to the public sector; Baker spent the formative years of his career deep in the weeds of government — first as secretary of health and human services under Governor William Weld and then secretary of administration and finance under Weld and Governor Paul Cellucci. In those years, he learned how agencies work (or don’t) and how budgets are balanced (or not).

Do not let the emphasis in this paragraph fool you,  the only sentence that matters is the first one.  I don’t care how much he knows about “how agencies work”, even with a veto proof majority in both houses if Baker gave even the slightest indication of social conservatism on abortion or Gay Marriage  they wouldn’t care if he was going to win 99-1 and raise taxes 200% to feed the poor,  they would be condemning him as a villain worse than Hitler and carrying Martha Coakley on their shoulders.

I know some on Twitter who have said that Baker is to the left of Coakley see this as confirmation of what they’ve said.  Red Mass Group which previously expressed support for Baker has yet to update but as I’ll be attending a Tea Party event tonight, we’ll see what they have to say about the Globe endorsement.

What do I think?  I think Rob Eno made the most important point in a piece on another subject:

Yes, I know, I am king of the RINOs because I support Charlie Baker for governor, so what right do I have complaining… The reason I support Charlie is because he isn’t Bill Weld, at least when it comes to party politics.  Charlie has put his money where his mouth is when it comes to helping legislative candidates this cycle.  Because of it, we look to make great gains.

For all my disagreements with Baker on social issues he would be one of the most competent men ever to sit in the corner office and if he has some coattails and advances the GOP to the point where there is the slightest chance that the Democrats might eventually lose their veto proof majorettes in both houses and help us repeal the gas tax then he will have done more for the state than any Governor has in decades.

Something that can’t go on forever won’t and the veto proof governance of Democrats for my lifetime has turned Massachusetts into a state you go to get an education and then get the hell out.  ASAP if Baker can win this election (remember all this talk not withstanding he hasn’t won anything yet) and change this situation then he will deserve the support of the party and its faithful and the tanks of the state for years to come.

Of course if he does that then the Globe will certainly not back him a second time.

 

 

 

With a party with only 11% registration we don’t have room to be kicking people out of the tent

Ma GOP chair Kirsten Hughes on DaTechGuy on DaRadio

We are here to talk about three things over the next few days, winning winning and winning

NH GOP chair Jennifer Horn Republican North East Leadership Conference

Social and Tea Party conservatives are constantly being critiqued not keeping any eye on the big picture.  We are reminded by the GOP establishment that winning in November is what matters and a 70% friend is not an enemy.

Apparently nobody told this to establishment favorite Richard Tisei

Congressional candidate Richard R. Tisei, the GOP’s nominee for lieutenant governor four years ago, is sitting out the convention to protest the socially conservative platform that state committee members embraced last month.

As Mr. Tisei is not a Tea Party Conservative this will likely not generate a lot of critique from the GOP establishment and will doubtless result in fawning media coverage for him.

While he will no doubt bask in said media glow, unfortunately this move is  a sign that the GOP candidate for the 6th district is having a relapse of that most dread of GOP diseases  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.

Mr. Tisei’s convention time Scozzafever relapse is already having some deadly effects on the state party and its candidates

1.  In one fell swoop Mr. Tisei outbreak of Scozzafever has managed to overshadow the entire GOP state convention and give the left & the MSM a story to cover other than any possible candidate or speech.

2. If you are a GOP candidate at any level in Massachusetts Mr. Tisei’s  Scozzafever has given the media an excuse to ignore any issue you are raising.  If you wanted to deliver a  message on EBT fraud & state corruption or hit Obamacare, forget it.  Thanks to the dreaded scourge of Scozzafever the primary topic of any coverage the media give you will be Mr. Tisei.

3.  Mr. Tisei’s Scozzafever has effectively kicked his own former running mate Charlie Baker in the teeth.  In his last run for governor Tim Cahill tuned Baker’s right flank on social issues giving social conservatives another place to go and they went there leaving him with 42% of the vote in the year of the first Big Red Wave.  Tisei’s move, a symptom of his Scozzafever, gives the media a legitimate reason to pester Baker on these social issues giving him an excellent opportunity to alienate a base that he has to win this time in order to have a prayer of being elected.

Normally a carrier of Scozzafever is immune to its effects but as the prospect of a huge republican year looms nationwide the media will need a way to attack GOP candidates.  Mr. Tisei’s  Scozzafever induced boycott of the GOP state convention gives the MSM a legitimate excuse to ask him about GOP candidates from Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, to any GOP congressional, Senate and Gubernatorial candidate who doesn’t hold his views on social issues. You can be sure that his answer or non answer to that question will overshadow any message his wishes to convey to voters.

Won’t that be fun?

Given the horrible effects of  Scozzafever that we’ve already seen from Mr. Tisei I have one thing to say to potential GOP voters in the 6th Massachusetts district and to any members of the national party considering a contribution to Mr. Tisei’s campaign:

The results in MA-6 will not affect the  GOP’s control of congress.

Update: Rob Eno describes Mr. Tisei’s move as a “Stab in the back” to Charlie Baker, Rob he can’t help himself, it’s the Scozzafever and Yankee Pundit says:

it shows that Mr. Tisei is a hypocrite. How many times have conservatives been told by those in the liberal wing of our party that conservatives should set aside ideological purity for the purposes of winning elections. Most conservatives understand that it makes sense to support those with whom we may only agree 80 to 90 percent of the time versus ceding the election to those with whom we agree only 10 to 20 percent of the time. A candidate may not be perfect. But conservatives roll up our sleeves, open our wallets, and get to work. For instance, I don’t agree with Mr. Tisei on every issue. But I sent him $250 in 2012. Willingness to go the distance and find common cause with those with whom one is in partial agreement should also apply to moderate Republicans. If, as Mr. Tisei claims, he is in agreement with 90 percent of the GOP agenda, then it is his duty to get on board and support the collective good of his party. If he expects compromise from the conservative wing of the party, then he should be willing to compromise himself.

Ah the dread scourge of Scozzafever makes a man do dumb thing but if I may be so bold as to suggest an alternative use for Yankee Pundit’s funds in the future is available below the fold.

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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.

This week’s Under the Fedora at The Minority Report, The Conservative Commune, NACBU, Conservatively Speaking and Zilla of the Resistance touches Lee Stranahan’s coverage of the Steubenville rape case, outsourcing your own job and Nice Deb’s incredible story on a litmus test for US commanders under the President.  It’s titled “The Man” for Stan Musial who died a week ago today and whose funeral is being live streamed today at mlb.com:

Musial never dated movie stars, he wasn’t known for fights with the press, brawls in bars, or bad behavior of any time. He was married for 72 years to the same woman who died last May and was never known to mistreat anyone expect opposing pitchers whose offering he deposited all over the field or over the fence from 1940 till 1962.

Musial won 3 MVP and was runner up 4 times. Think of that a second, for one third of his career it was the consensus that he was the best or second best at what he did in the league.

That’s simply incredible.

Additionally my latest for the Examiner is on the GOP election for party chair: Two Roads for the GOP in Massachusetts:

In interviews after the event Hughes and Green talked about reaching out to the Tea Party, Liberty (Ron Paul) people and the unenrolled. My impression from people in the room suggests Tom Green strength is from the Tea Party while Hughes has support from party regulars.

But the real question to be answered is: What do the state committee people who are the only ones who have a vote in this election think? The answer to that question which will determine if the GOP rises again in Massachusetts…

…and that will make all the difference.

If there is one thing we need in the Massachusetts GOP it’s a new road.

So check out both the Examiner piece or Under the Fedora at any of the Five blogs that carry it every week.

Looking through the AP wire this morning I noticed this rather amusing headline:

Sen. Scott Brown on the defensive in Massachusetts

Really? I beg to differ:

There are plenty of indications that Brown is still in solid shape for his first re-election bid. Polls show he’s the most popular politician in the state and has a whopping $8.3 million in his campaign account.

Tellingly, Democrats have had trouble finding a big-name candidate willing and able to take him on.

Oh yeah? Well if that’s true where’s the link to the story that says, this. It’s at the top because it’s from the very same article!

But even sillier than the headline and the attempt to paint Brown as in trouble is this doozy at the end:

The League’s television spot, non-partisan ads advocating clean air

Non Partisan? the ads says Scott Brown is poisoning Children, nothing partisan about that.

Why are we seeing such nonsense from the AP? Likely because they need to talk about something other than yesterday’s bombshell out of Wisconsin.