Further Adventures in Broadening the Base

Protip: When a political operative posts something on Front Porch Forum, every FPF member in that town will see it. And sometimes, one of them will send it on to me.

Case in point: This FPF message from Ron Lawrence, chair of the Essex Republicans.

Get Involved with the Essex Republicans
In recent days, it’s been out of vogue to stand for “less government” and “personal responsibility”; but jobs are leaving Vermont, and our children are leaving with them. The rest of us are left holding the bag for a very expensive government. These things are not an accident. They are the result of decisions we make and the people we elect.
The Essex Republicans are the official town committee for the Republican Party. We have current initiatives in three main areas: Community, Communication, and Candidates.
In our Community, we seek to establish programs that help us to better connect with each other, to appreciate our own unique history, and to uphold the values that history has taught us. In the area of Communications, we are developing new ways of sharing those values. One such value is the civil discussion of issues. This takes practice. It also takes the development of new venues and media to allow that discussion to happen in a safe and civil way. Finally, we are actively recruiting and supporting candidates. Running for office is an enormous, personal commitment. The Essex Republicans are working to ensure that we have good candidates, and that our candidates do not have to go it alone.
There is more to the Essex Republicans than you may know. We are holding our bi-annual caucus on September 21st, 7 p.m. at the Essex Center Grange. This is our biannual reorganization meeting and your chance to become a member. You need not be a member to get involved, but membership gives you a vote in committee decisions.
By contrast, the politics of “caring” haven’t worked out like many have hoped. People are beginning to sense that change is needed. If you want to be part of that change, then I urge you to join us at our caucus on September 21st.
Ron Lawrence,
Essex Republicans chair

I sense a touch of “white conservative persecution mania” in that first sentence. Does he feel like an oppressed minority because his party is in a perpetual minority position, and its only apparent path to victory is to turn away from the hard-right base and moderate its message?

Aww, too bad.

But the sentence that really caught my attention is the one near the end. I’ve rendered the line in boldface.

By “the politics of ‘caring,'” I presume he means liberalism. We’ve been fighting the War on Poverty for 50 years and we’ve still got poor people, so it’s time to give up. Something like that.

So yeah, by all means, let’s try “the politics of ‘not giving a f*ck'” instead. It worked so well in the Bush administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina.

5 thoughts on “Further Adventures in Broadening the Base

  1. Steve Beck

    In Brandon, VT the FPF was used to announce the Town Republican Meeting as well. It is used a lot by one of the Select Board Members to announce “town activities.” I guess I am okay with that, I have not really thought about it that much. But I do have a question concerning semantics. Is bi-annual twice a year or every two years? And I mean this as a serious question. Long story short. Brandon recently, March 2015 fired, for all intents and purposes, its Town Manager who was vetted by the VT League of Cities and Towns as being the best candidate of he 68 that applied for the job. It did not matter that she had been fired, for all intents and purposes from the same job in Barre VT, and from a similar job in Southwest Harbor, ME. And had like 14 different jobs in the last ten years. She was the best qualified according to two citizen members of the community who served on the search committee. I would have questioned that if I had served on the search committee. This information was all out there on the internet because I found it myself out there on the internet. All I did was google her name and the last town that she worked in and voila. But I digress. So through all the drama of the “administrative leave” and the confidential negotiations with the attorney, about her severance package, yada, yada, yada, the Reporter, the local paper, and I use that term sparingly, under the journalistic skills of the news editor wrote articles about this and always used the term bi-annual, as meaning twice a year; her bi-annual reviews this…..or the bi-annual review that… I called her out in an email, thinking the correct term was semi-anuual, as in twice a year. She stands by it and I stand corrected. Just semantics I guess. I am pleased to have found your blog. I find it insightful and slightly cynical; I enjoy that. And I attended one of Dunne’s community meetings in Middlebury with my wife. The food was terrible. Upon walking to the car, with my wife, who surprised me by attending as well, her only comment was: “Why would you run for governor.? How depressing.”

    1. Phayvanh Luekhamhan

      Scott, in this case I believe bi-annual is meant to be every two years. Current statute requires town party organizers to caucus during September every odd year. Meaning, right now.

  2. Brett Gaskill

    Ahhhh……Katrina. Another revisionist history the Prog trolls like to throw out and blame Pres Bush. But the truth of that tragedy was not the failure of the president, but a corrupt DEMOCRAT local
    Government (the former mayor is now in prison) that refused to evacuate their people as they easily could have, according to their emergency plans. The President was not legally able to send in the national guard, and although he offered to do so before the storm hit, the inept DEMOCRAT Governor refused to accept his offer. Just a little “inconvenient truth” for those of you that prefer FACTS, and not liberal BS.

    1. John S. Walters Post author

      The local officials deserve their share of blame, but the Bush administration made a complete botch of it. First, the President had put a thoroughly unqualified man in charge of FEMA, resulting in a weak, uncoordinated federal response. As for Bush himself, it took him a few days to personally respond, and then his only “presence” in New Orleans was via flyover.

      Tell you what. I’ll stipulate that local and state officials made their share of mistakes if you’ll acknowledge that Bush did just as badly on his end.

      And ultimately, when there’s a disaster that overwhelms the capabilities of local officials, it’s the federal government’s job to take over.

  3. Walter Carpenter

    One can blame local and state officials for Katrina, which is definitely called for as it should be, but, like it or not, it is the Bush administration which ultimately left those people on their own to fend for themselves as best as they could or else…well…so what. It almost seemed like they did not care because most of the residents in that ward were poor and black. As a survivor of two natural disasters (Mt. St. helen’s out in Washington State and Hurricane Irene in Vt), where Federal and State agencies, authorities, and fellow citizens at least seemed to care about the afflicted, it was heartbreaking to watch those hapless people abandoned in Katrina.


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