2012 The Way Forward

( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)

We have a unique opportunity in 2012.

Historically, Presidential elections are horrible years for running as a Republican in Massachusetts. The increased turnout of independents, particularly in the Boston suburbs, tend to swing toward the Democratic column in Presidential years.

For a variety of reasons (economic, disenchantment, frustration, and the top of the ticket) 2012 is shaping up as a possibly neutral year for down-ticket races. When even lib rags like the Metro West Daily News are running editorials bemoaning the back door dealings on Bacon Hill http://www.metrowestdailynews…. the time is right to capitalize on voter sentiment. Sure, the Nutty Professor could change the dynamics of the above scenario, but when the voting populace sees just how out of touch she really is, (can you really claim to represent the middle class when you have lived the 1% lifestyle for almost 20 years?) the dynamics could still be favorable.

We need candidates to run in order to capitalize on this opportunity. It will be on us to convince them to run if we want to make headway into the Congressional and Bacon Hill one party dominance.

Unfortunately, many of the best people that could win don’t run, and those candidates who do run can’t win. Candidates that run need to appeal to independent voters, not scare the hell out of them. Like it or not, this is the reality.

When Tip O’Neill became the first Democrat elected Speaker of the House in 1948, he did it by recruiting people that were either DINOs or disagreed with him on a host of issues, but did not like the Brahmin based political dominance prevalent in Boston even more. He pledged party financial and volunteer support for the most popular person in communities if they would run as a Democrat and pledge their vote to him for Speaker. After that, they would be free to vote their personal opinions on other issues. O’Neill recognized that all the political power in Massachusetts flowed through the Speakership, and a divided majority caucus was far better than a united minority one.

O’Neill’s most famous phrase was “all politics is local.” On the downticket races, the more likable, relatable, hardworking person stands a better chance of winning. The MA House and Senate seats build the farm team for the upticket races down the road. Walsh, and his predecessors, have been using this playbook and eating our lunch with it for years.

Too often on here, I see how the RINO hunters of the Commonwealth try to distill our party down to a ideological pure essence. “Far better to die on the sword than to have a chance to win the battle.” This is an ideal that dooms the party to insignificance. How much ability would Governor Patrick have to continue to push through a progressive social agenda if a Republican Speaker or Senate President was in place controlling the legislative agenda? Even if there were Rockefeller GOP types in the caucus that wanted to support the Governor, the leadership could refuse to bring the issue to a vote. The same goes for Congress.

So go out, find the most popular likable person in your Congressional, House or Senate district, regardless of party. Convince them that if they are not happy with the direction of our state, that they need to run as a Republican to change it, and that you and 30 more volunteers will be there from the onset to support them every step of the way.

If we ever hope to see the Republican Party become the dominant party in Massachusetts, it will be the fiscal issues that get us there, not the social ones. The time to do it, is now.

About Jefferson Nix

  • “If we ever hope to see the Republican Party become the dominant party in Massachusetts, it will be the fiscal issues that get us there, not the social ones. The time to do it, is now.”

    Isn’t this path the same path the MA GOP has taken for decades. It hasnt led to the best results.

    Yeah, there are bone-headed, naive, idealists, who love to sulk in their little purity puddles.

    But running on nothing more than putting a couple of bucks in your pocket and managing a budget better than the next guy has hardly inspired anybody.

    Politics, and the political process, to the left is a cause, a lifestyle, a world view, a purpose. To Republicans, its treated with the passion of balancing a checkbook.

    If Republicans counter with its traditional, tepid, milquetoast political response, its hard to forsee change.

  • I really appreciate this concise well thought out post Rob. You can help lead us to victory by suppressing ideological rants from RINO hunters


    Too often on here, I see how the RINO hunters of the Commonwealth try to distill our party down to a ideological pure essence. “Far better to die on the sword than to have a chance to win the battle.” This is an ideal that dooms the party to insignificance

  • edfactor

    Where we go wrong in the MassGOP is when we fall back on “ideology is identity.” This is a huge limitation on us.

    In fact, ideology does not have to be all of who you are. I have a very strong ideology, yet most people who know me would not say, (as they would of the RINO hunters) that I had this position on this issue or that.

    What they do say (it gets back to me sometimes) is that I come across as smart, reasonable, articulate, and well-informed – and perhaps intimidating and arrogant once in a while ;-). In my very tiny political position locally, even my political enemies would say that I listen and do my homework, and they would get their say (which is often yelling at me in a public meeting).

    I would rather be known by the description above than one that describes my beliefs, which are being pro-life, religious, monetarist, fiscally conservative, a defender of American corporations, and a believer in the goodness and greatness of our global American empire of ideas, corporations, charity, and innovations.  

    It comes down to political citizenship. Show me someone who is a great citizen and maybe he could be a great legislator. Too many MassGOP candidates practice a citizenship that does not inspire me. We should, by our own actions, show Republicans how to be great citizens. Among enough great citizens, we will be able to find leaders.

  • You said:

    When Tip O’Neill became the first Democrat elected Speaker of the House in 1948..

    Huh?

    Tip O’Neill was elected Speaker in 1977, not 1948.   Furthermore, there have been many Democrats elected to be speaker.   In addition, there was one Democrat from Massachusetts elected before Tip, which is John McCormack.

  • There is a reason they didn’t want us to vote on same-sex marriage. There are also more pro-life voters than you seem to realize. The Boston Globe works very hard making radical positions seem normal and compassionate, but we shouldn’t believe them. They support extreme radical and expensive and unethical loony shit, they’re moonbats.

    And I wonder if you are elevating free markets and zero taxes to a scary ideology, and kicking out reasonable people who don’t agree with extreme anti-government libertarianism. You seem to think the pure essence of the party is fiscal issues, but look at how the 3% sales tax did. People want responsibility, not radical libertarianism.

  • Jefferson AKA NOTARO Nix

    why do you keep people from joining the Clinton Ma RTC. and hold secret meetings and never post when the meetings are? Seems you and Billy Do not want anyone to join your band of misfit rino’s

  • Tip O’Neill (and others) attributed his success in attaining a Democratic majority by running a slate of candidates ON A PRO-LIFE PLATFORM.