Poll & Open Thread: SILVER LINING 2008!


2008 was not the best year for Republicans and Conservatives. With that said, there were a few good things (some non-political) and some things to look forward to in 2009.

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1) Joseph Cao: LA-9 finally said goodbye to corruption and booted William Jefferson. This heavily Democratic (D+28) and “Majority-Minority” district has been controlled by the Dems since 1891. At age 8, Joseph Cao's fled Vietnam with his mother during the fall of Saigon and came to America as refugees. His father was imprisoned in a Communist reeducation camp for 7 years before being reunited with his family. Cao originally studied to be a Roman Catholic Priest before earning his degree in Physics and Masters in Philosophy and Juris Doctor.

2) Traditional Marriage: Arizona, Florida and most importantly California all passed Constitutional Amendments preserving marriage as a union between one man and one woman. This brings the total number of states who have passed referenda to 30. The big reason why it passed in California? All the Black people who showed up to vote for Obama voted for it.

3) Jennifer Nassour: Locally the MassGOP needs a lot of help. While the election has not yet occurred, Jennifer Nassour fills me with optimism concerning our future. She is an impressive woman who will bring much needed professionalism and expertise to our struggling organization.

4) The Boston Celtics: After 22 years of darkness Danny Ainge acquired Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. The new “Big 3” finally brought home banner #17 and are currently 27-4. Not a political story, I know… but it was my silver lining. Kevin Garnett also had a nice slogan for the MassGOP: “Anything is possible!”

5) Campaign for Liberty: Few Republicans were motivated this election cycle and fewer new voters were brought into the party. The silver lining on both fronts was the candidacy of Ron Paul. His message continues at www.campaignforliberty.com

6) Falling Gas Prices: as of 12/26 the national average was $1.64/gallon marking a 58 month low. Since “Evil Corporate Greed” was the reason for high prices, I guess those evil corporations just decided to stop being greedy.High transportation costs are like taxes, they are a drain on the economy at every stage.

7) The Dark Knight: That was a really good movie. I mean.. like… really… really… good.

8)Barak Obama Abandons The Left: He hasn't even been sworn in yet and he's already breaking promises to them and leaving his change at the door.  He's not ending the Bush tax cuts.  He's not immediately withdrawing from Iraq.  He's keeping Bush's Secretary of Defense. He helped Lieberman to keep his chairmanship.  His new best friend is Rick Warren and so on.

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About Mike "DD4RP" Rossettie

  • Not Chatham, nor Townsend, nor Lakeville, or Brookfield.

    Not Charlton, nor Tolland, nor Granville, or Lynnfield.

    Jeff Beatty carried one town.


    Thank you Boxford.  You were the silver lining.

  • should be up there as well, in all fairness.

  • WhatWouldReaganDo

    I don’t want to speak for DD4RP, but I would say that Nassour is listed as a silver lining because the perception out there is that she’d be a better Chairman than Torky was. I think she has the potential to be a much better Chairman, and to energize our party.

    I cannot say that about Mike Franco, and I know and like them both a lot as individuals.

    Franco has too much baggage with regard to his jury duty stuff. It would be a distraction.

    Franco is not the “fresh-face” the party needs. He won’t rally the troops or energize the party–Jenn will. People are excited about her, and she’ll be great on TV and at fundraising.  

    Just my 10 cents. I’m not on the State Committee, so I don’t get a vote, but I think this sentiment is shared by many, based on those I’ve spoken to.

  • joeu

    …should be up there as well.  

  • joeu

    …of others and this from the PolitickerMa: (http://www.politickerma.com/jeremyjacobs/2203/brown-officially-backs-nassour-state-gop-chair)

    “In this time of near Republican extinction, the party needs to do some serious reflection and think about how we are going to get back on track. As has been recently highlighted in the news, we need to put forth a higher moral and ethical standard of who we are and what we stand for. This has to be done from top to bottom. In order to bring forth these ideals, rebuild our party and successfully increase our numbers in the house and senate, we need to put forth our best candidate for the party chair. Nassour is not the one.

    I saw the Southcoast GOP forum presentations and was wholly unimpressed with Ms. Nassour. I read about her “energy” and was looking forward to seeing her speak. She lacked energy, enthusiasm and substance. It’s just the same old rhetoric and no action. Nassour emphatically failed to initiate any spark.

    If the electorate consisted of all men, Nassour might be able to continue fluttering around the Commonwealth, complimenting and buying her way to the Chair, but fortunately, there are some very well informed and highly intelligent women voters out there too. We need a Chair who we can all respect.

    We don’t need the social butterfly approach to winning seats, we need someone who can implement from experience. I fail to see her leadership qualities. None of the jobs or positions this candidate has held equate to experience or leadership. By the looks of things, she appears not to stick with anything for very long. Maybe her present employ of being a mom isn’t rewarding enough. Let’s not give her a job to rescue her from her boredom.

    This candidate is also called an active supporter of Republican candidates up and down the ballot. I failed to see any rolling up of the sleeves and helping candidates by doing actual work. Money is nice, but it doesn’t buy votes.

    I also have a huge concern that during the presidential campaign, this candidate provided financial support to Rudy Giuliani (yes, she is from NY, so we’ll let that one slide) and then to John McCain after Giuliani’s withdrawal from the race. Seems to me that we had a great candidate in Mitt Romney, and I don’t see that she supported him. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but John McCain wasn’t exactly the epitome of the Republican platform, and I don’t think many of us agree with Nassour in supporting the 700m bailout. Is she even a conservative? To add further insult to injury Nassour was heard to have said that she is nobody’s person but her own, not Romney’s, Baker’s, Rappaport’s and a few more highly successful and well-respected gentlemen. Does she think any of these people are going to rush to her aid when she needs help? I think not. Nassour is glowing with inexperience both in leadership and party-building.

    What the Republican party needs now is to put forth our best candidate. We can do better than Nassour. She should stick with fund-raising where her ut um “energy” might be better received.”