Michael Graham, making lots of sense (the killer line is when he points out that Gabriel Gomezs message is basically “I don’t really like Republicans either!”):
I knew that Massachusetts Republicans had to lower their ideological expectations if they wanted to win an election here in the Bay State.
I just didn’t know that included the Republican primary.
Once you start nominating Obama supporters who give money to uber-liberal Alan Khazei and were writing checks to Democratic congressional candidates last year, you haven’t lowered expectations. You’ve abandoned them.
That Gabriel Gomez “supported” Barack Obama in 2008 is not in doubt. He made that claim (“I supported Obama in 2008”) along with his pledge to support President Obama on amnesty and gun control, in a letter to Gov. Deval Patrick pleading for a free shot at John Kerry’s Senate seat.
What is in doubt, at least for Gomez supporters, is the definition of the word “support.” Gomez says that while he “supported” Obama, he didn’t actually vote for him.
Or as Gomez said (verbatim) on NECN: “What I meant by ‘I support the president,’ [sic] what I meant was that I support that the fact that the president is now finally, he campaigned on this before but didn’t do anything in his first term, he’s now elevated this to a national discussion.”
I don’t think that’s Spanish, but it’s sure not English …
So how did Gomez win? He won this election the old-fashioned way – he bought it.
Gomez outspent Michael Sullivan 4-1 … at least. But even worse, Gomez had the support of the state GOP establishment.
Graham goes on for a while, each point is crystal clear. Then he wraps it up with this
Instead the GOP is going to wage an identity-politics campaign by a candidate whose core message is going to be “I don’t really like Republicans either!”
Worse, Gomez’s shaky public performances show a candidate not yet ready for prime time. I’m afraid that by the time this election is over, we may learn that Gabriel Gomez is Spanish for “Joe Biden.”
Thanks, Massachusetts GOP. Thanks a lot.
You tell me where Michael Graham is wrong on this! Like I was saying before, maybe we should just wait till next year and recruit a REAL Republican candidate instead of just trying to sneak in with Eddie Markey Lite.
And its not just Michael Graham. Here are some of Howie Carr’s thoughts on Gabriel Gomez:
Gabriel, you seem like a decent enough guy, even if you are basically a liberal Democrat.
Getting back to you, Gabriel Gomez, in some of those GOP debates, you looked like the proverbial deer in the headlights.
Of course Howie spends most of the column bashing Markey, as hes expected to do. But, Gabriel Gomez is “basically a liberal Democrat”. He’s right.