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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.

Essex Republicans pull a bait-and-switch

The good people of the Essex Republican Party held a BBQ* yesterday at Maple Street Park. Fun, food, and plenty of Republican candidates. If “fun” and “Republican candidates” aren’t too contradictory for your taste. 

*For foodies, yes, it was the kind of BBQ where they don’t actually serve any “barbecue.” 

Here’s a little bumpf taken from a pre-event email sent by candidate Paul Dame: 

Food is $10/person, $15/couple – or feed your whole family for only $20!! 

While the kids are on the playground, you can enjoy meeting the following candidates who will be on the ballot in November:

Mark Donka – U.S. House 

Scott Milne – Governor 

Shane McCormack – Attorney General 

Diane Snelling & Joy Limoge – Chittenden County Senate 

Linda Myers, Bob Bancroft, Tim Allard, Paul Dame – State Representative

…and many more!

 The event will include hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, pasta salad, chips, dessert, and drinks. There will also be several door prizes in addition to a 50/50 drawing!

Okay, fine, nothing wrong there. Standard political fare. Except for one thing: the sign they put up at the entrance.EssexBBQ 

Which simply says “ESSEX FAMILY BBQ.” Nothing about “Republican” or “Politics” or “Candidates,” or the Essex Republicans, which took home the proceeds. Just a friendly invitation to a “Familiy BBQ.” A passerby could reasonably conclude it was a civic event put on by the town of Essex.

And they had enough room to do it right. All they had to do was shift “FAMILY” down one line, and insert “GOP” below “ESSEX.” 

There are two possibilities here. One, that the Essex Republicans couldn’t afford three more letters for their sign. Or two, that they were trying to trick folks into buying tickets. Which implies that these Republicans believe the word “Republican” is a turnoff. Sad.   

And on a bright sunny Sunday afternoon, there must have been lots of people using the park. How many fell for the ruse, and wound up paying ten bucks a head for a bunch of political speechifying?

p.s. Notice who’s missing from the rogues’ gallery of candidates? Yeah, Phil Scott, Your Party Leader, once again steering his own course. 

p.p.s. Interesting billing in the Dame e-mail. “Mark Donka” gets the top line over “Scott Milne”? Really?