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We eagerly await good tidings from the VTGOP

As you might know, although they did little to publicize the fact, the Vermont Republican Party had its fall fundraising dinner last Friday. The guest of “honor” was Islamophobic national-security nutbag Peter King, undistinguished Congressman from New York.

During the course of the evening, the operator of the VTGOP Twitter account posted four photos form the event. All four showed one of the evening’s speakers at the podium; all four were taken from angles that showed very little of the crowd. One example:

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Okay, so we know there were at least three people in the audience. Which is more of the crowd than you can see in any of the other photos, all of ’em focused on the podium.

No crowd shots, VTGOP?

What, too embarrassing? In my mind’s eye, I’m picturing a few dozen people crowded around the front tables, with plenty of empty seats farther away.

You may think my surmise unfair, just another example of theVPO’s liberal bias. But riddle me this, Batman:

— Right up to the day of the event, the VTGOP was sending out reminders that tickets were still available. The last one was sent at 10:43 a.m. Friday, less than seven hours before go-time.

— Since the Twitter posting of those four photographs, we’ve heard not a peep from the VTGOP about the success of the fundraiser. Or anything else, for that matter.

— This, in spite of the fact that I’ve been sending them gentle reminders via Twitter:

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And still no response.

I see a pattern. Last December, the VTGOP was very free with very generous pre-event estimates for its Chris Christie fundraiser. After the event, not a peep. Then in the spring, the Vermont Democrats hosted Sen. Elizabeth Warren; shortly after the event, the Dems announced attendance and fundraising totals.

Now another Republican event comes along, and once again, they’re being tight-lipped about the actual results.

As I said in one of my subsequent Tweets to @VTGOP, “I’ll take that as bad news.”

If the Vermont Republican Party does release totals for tickets sold and dollars raised, I’ll be happy to report them in this space, with whatever comments they provide. And if the totals are respectable or better, I’ll be happy to retract my cynicism and congratulate them on a successful event.

I’m not holding my breath.

VT Republicans snag a very special guest

Hey, gotta congratulate the VTGOP. They’ve booked Peter King for their fall dinner on September 26!

Ah, Peter King, dean of pro football writers and NFL insider extraordinaire… influential creator of the Monday Morning Quarterback blog… editor of The MMQB website… I can’t wait to hear him dish the dirt on America’s game. 

… wait, what? 

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Dammit. Not the real Peter King. Just that self-infatuated blowhard Islamophobic national security uberhawk. That Peter King. 

The one who “has called for profiling suspected terrorists based upon their ‘religious background or ethnicity,’ even though Islam is no more an ethnicity than is Christianity.” 

The one who believes the U.S. should torture people. 

The one who said Guantanamo Bay was “better than almost any American prison.” 

The one who said “there are too many mosques in this country.”

The one who said that “80-85 percent of mosques in this country are controlled by Islamic fundamentalists.

The one who, upon becoming chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, launched a series of hearings on the alleged “radicalization” of American Muslims that featured a parade of fearmongers and uncredentialed “experts.” And one entire hearing devoted to American Muslims’ reaction to his previous hearings. 

The one whose staunch anti-terrorism follows decades of vocal support for the Irish Republican Army. 

The one who wanted the US to declare WikiLeaks a “terrorist organization.” 

The one who wants journalists to face criminal prosecution for publishing classified information. 

The one who got angry because President Obama wore a tan suit while giving an official statement. 

There’s much more in Peter King’s record, but that should suffice. He might help the VTGOP raise a few badly-needed shekels, but he’s quite a comedown from Chris Christie. And there’s no way his presence will help the VTGOP fashion a more inclusive image. 

I’d much, much rather have the football guy.