Re-arranging Deck Chairs

The recent post by Doug Bennett reminded me of what a lawyer friend who left the Lowell Republican City Committee once asked me.  “Why do you even care? those meetings are just people arguing about how to rearrange deck chairs on the Titanic.”

That is the unfortunate byproduct of making intraparty struggles public.  You open yourselves up to even stronger attacks.  Like anything in life there are personality struggles and people who feel slighted.  We are too small of a party and are in the process of being led by a very capable duo in Peter and Rob out of the wasteland.  Let’s focus on the positives of our own respective candidates and not the negatives of our opponents.  Unless of course they are Democrats, then by all means bombs away ;).

I know both Doug and Cynthia and both have been fair with me.  That is why I have stayed out of this until this morning.  

As Rodney King once said, “Can’t we just all get along?”

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  • The Angelic One

    I know neither Doug Bennett, Renee Sherwood, nor Cynthia Stead (a.k.a. “Peter Porcupine”). Now that the “intraparty struggle” has been made public, any complaints about it being made public seem moot. The important questions (at least to an activist like me) are as follows:

    1) Is this struggle an important one or just a pissing contest between personalities?

    2) If said struggle is indeed important,  will it have any direct impact on the Massachusetts GOP?

    3) If said struggle does indeed impact the GOP, isn’t that fact a legitimate concern for Republican activists & shouldn’t said activists involve themselves in said struggle?

    The Shamie-Richardson GOP primary fight was an important intraparty struggle which influenced the course of the state GOP’s history (both both good & ill). Does the Sherwood-Stead dustup carry the same historical gravitas? Will it destroy the Cape Cod area GOP (as someone has charged)? If so, should Torkildsen & Willington intervene? As an activist, should I care? Help me out on this one, EaBo.

  • Festus Garvey

    You want to find the cause of this “unfortunate…intraparty struggle(s)” you write about…look in the mirror.

    Taking pot shots at your opponents is certainly fair play…but you personally have brought it to an unfortunate height of untruths and distortions.  Two examples can be found on the front page of RMG, both aimed at Gov. Patrick.  Patrick’s sluggish first year is fair game for criticism, but you (and the Republican Party) decided to immediately take it to the gutter with the 12 days XMass and your distorted, revisionist history (and frankly, tired rehashing)  regarding Patrick and Ameriquest.  

    And you were equally cruel with Niki Tsongas.  She certainly did things worthy of attacking, yet you invented silly things just to be nasty (like she’s fiscally irresponsible because she spent more money in less time than her opponent), when the candidate you supported was equally culpable of negative tactics.

    And here you are pulling a Rodney King (and who can miss the irony of a conservative invoking King)?  People like you get what you desire in terms of civil discourse.  You are right; Doug Bennett is full of same moronic hyperbole, by referring to a State Committee person’s “reign of terror”, that you only save for Democrats.  But many people–Bennett being one of them–do not have the partisan self-control you profess to have.  Oh well, what are you going to do…as I said above, you reap what you sow.

    Now you may feel that getting political etiquette lessons from a Neanderthal like me and you have a point–but only to the extent that I change my attitude given the level of vile I’m dealing with.  Patrick (of RMG-not the Gov) and I will never agree on anything (well maybe Iraq).  But his style is a whole lot less contentious than yours and I adjust my writings accordingly.  You…you write like rabid dog and I respond in-kind..

    Lastly, I do have to smile about the level of intensity a race for State Committee has created.  In the scheme of things, on both sides of the aisle, there are few deliberative bodies (such as a Faculty Senate) that have so much self-importance and so little power.    

  • What does your lawyer friend leaving the LRCC and departing by  referencing the Titanic have to do with making intraparty struggles public?  Did someone make public scandalous information about him?

    With this PP and Doug thing, we have two people running for Republican State Committee, which is a publicly held position.    Both candidates for the office can make their case.  Doug is a friend of mine and asked me to put this on RMG, to which I obliged.  PP already has access to post directly to the front page and I assume at some point she will do so.  

    My own personal philosophy so far as these things go is not that of Rodney King.  People should not be immune from criticism.  Also, neither person running for a publicly held position should be asked to limit themselves in their ability win.  Asking a person to not “go negative” when it appears negative things exist, is the same as asking them to win with one arm tied behind their back.  In fairness, let’s let each candidate make their best case to the voters using all available information.

  • Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno

    in that we got 10 inches of snow, and a historical weather event happened.  

    Furthermore, the response to a natural disaster first begins at the State Level.  The Federal governments role if any should be to help with that primary state response.  It has been well documented that George Bush offered help to Governor Blanco, help she refused in the early stages.  

    The people of Louisiana have spoken out against the corrupt system of their government by electing Bobby Jindal as their Governor.  They know where the blame lied for the botched response to Katrina, and its not at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue rather 1001 Captiol Access Road, Baton Rouge Louisiana

  • GOPWhoa

    Eabo Clipper-  If you feel that what Cynthia Stead had been doing is nothing wrong and you feel that her starting whisper campaigns is tolerable, then why don’t you join the Democrats.  

    If she was really doing a good, effective job, then her former bosses: former Representatives Shirley Gomes and Tom George would be supporting her re-election.  However, these Cape Cod GOP leaders, including former State Committeeman Bob Dwyer, and even Stead’s own Town GOP committee is backing Sherwood.  

    Obviously, if all the Cape Cod Republicans are backing someone else, then Stead is politically dead because of her own actions against her fellow Republicans, not because anyone has anything against her.

    Stead outted Aaron Malloy as gay in her September 21st, 2006 column only two days after he had won the GOP primary.  This seat was held by Gomes and had been held by the GOP since reconstruction.  Instead of Malloy winning big against Sarah Peake, Stead’s big mouth caused the social conservatives to not come out to the polls.  She did this on purpose because he defeated Don Howell who was her neighbor and friend.  Her Column in the Cape Cod Times is read by 50,000 Cape Codders daily.  She could have focused on the actual issues, but she instead made the race about a person’s sexual preferences.  This is wrong, and this is why Cape Cod Republicans want Stead gone.

    Stead has been the originator of many whisper campaigns on the Cape.  She has been divisive instead of neutral as she should have been if she was to be Committee person.  She has hurt and slandered many Republicans whether as Peter Porcupine or in her own column in the Cape Cod Times.  For the Republicans to come back, we must rid the bad. And although there may be some Young Republicans who really don’t know Peter Porcupine or Cynthia Stead because you may have met her off cape, on the Cape she is being protested against, and her local constituents want her out.

    The Massachusetts GOP must rid itself of absesses and viruses like Stead because it is bad Republicans like her who won’t allow the GOP to become modern.

  • The Angelic One

    Thanks for providing your take on this topic. Patrick, feel free to provide your own insights too.

    EaBo, I’ve not heard from you (aside from Ameriquest) so let me repeat my request again:

    I know neither Doug Bennett, Renee Sherwood, nor Cynthia Stead (a.k.a. “Peter Porcupine”). Now that the “intraparty struggle” has been made public, any complaints about it being made public seem moot. The important questions (at least to an activist like me) are as follows:

    1) Is this struggle an important one or just a pissing contest between personalities?

    2) If said struggle is indeed important,  will it have any direct impact on the Massachusetts GOP?

    3) If said struggle does indeed impact the GOP, isn’t that fact a legitimate concern for Republican activists & shouldn’t said activists involve themselves in said struggle?

    The Shamie-Richardson GOP primary fight was an important intraparty struggle which influenced the course of the state GOP’s history (both both good & ill). Does the Sherwood-Stead dustup carry the same historical gravitas? Will it destroy the Cape Cod area GOP (as someone has charged)? If so, should Torkildsen & Willington intervene? As an activist, should I care? Help me out on this one, EaBo.

  • wavemaker

    Whoa’s point about former bosses and her own tc chair supporting the opponent deserves attention —

    But if these claims are to be addressed, they should be addressed by the accused — and PP is mysteriously silent on the topic since Bennett threw the grenade.