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Friday, March 06, 2009

Kick 'em when they're down

There's an old line that says if you want a friend in politics, get a dog. The Massachusetts Republican Party should consider visiting a kennel real soon.

Newspapers always insist there is a bright line between news and editorial pages and the Boston Herald proves that today with not one, but two body blows in the news section to the party with which it has editorial page sympatico.

With another one of those stinging staff graphics (above), Statehouse reporter Hillary Chabot first takes on the GOP's Senate "leadership." You know the five guys who make up the entire delegation and could fit in the phone booth outside the fourth floor Senate gallery (if it's still even there).

It seems every member of the delegation carries a "leadership" title -- and the requisite pay increase that goes with it. They even have an "assistant minority whip" (kinky?), prompting some payback from one-time Jane Swift honcho Steve Crosby.
“It’s a joke. There’s nobody to whip. This is the kind of thing where, if the Democrats were doing it, the Republicans would send out a snippy press release.”
You have to give Crosby his moment in the sun on this one. The (most recent) downturn in party fortunes came when a slick-haired businessman swooped in from Utah, stole the Corner Office from Crosby's bumbling boss and -- after a campaign in which his efforts led to a decrease in GOP legislative membership -- headed right back out on a presidential campaign that made Massachusetts the butt of his jokes.

Which brings us back to the question of why a party with only five members needs five leaders raking in an extra $80,000 a year in taxpayer cash to rail against the majority party's spending habits.

To make matters worse, as Chabot reminds us, there is an equally ineffective Massachusetts Republican Party that continues to file ethics commission complaints that go absolutely nowhere. I'm only surprised the usually snappy Herald headline writers missed the obvious: the GOP has loud bark, but no tusks.

Party spokesman Barney Keller, in a bit of irony I am sure was lost on him, blames the lack of action on the fact the commission is short of funding.
“I understand the ethics committee has limited resources, but we feel like every complaint we file has merit,” Keller said. “It’s our job to hold politicians responsible for their actions.”
Like collecting "leadership" pay without providing any?

Hey guys, I may see the light at the end of the tunnel for you: Tim Cahill. He's looking at the Corner Office in 2010 and his media offensive this week has been straight out of the GOP playbook.

Maybe you can bring in national party leader Rush Limbaugh for your next fund-raiser? Or bring back Mitt?

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Fever said...

What a hypocrite you are! I commented once on this site about my displeasure with the legislature giving themselves a pay raise and your response was, “wouldn’t you take a pay raise if someone offered it to you”. But when the pay raise suddenly puts money in the pockets of a few GOP members you’re suddenly…outraged.

And spare me the BS about the fact they didn’t technically vote to give themselves a pay raise. As you like to point out, there is a Democratic Supermajority; they could have stopped it from happening. The Democrats could also prevent all legislative members from receiving extra pay for leadership roles. Once again, if you want to bitch about anything that happens in this state, there is only one party with the power to do something about it.

March 06, 2009 9:49 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Chill out Fever. The hypocrites are people who take bonus pay to ensure they work in unison (all five of them) -- then turn around and complain about wasteful spending.

Yes, I would take something if it is offered. I would not then turn around and complain about how the other side is wasting money by taking the same thing.

I think it would be fabulous if there was a Republican Party to challenge the Democrats but, at least in Massachusetts, they seem utterly incapable of doing the scut work necessary to find attractive candidates and get them to run for office.

Or worse still, elect governors who destroy the legislative base then leave the state to run against everything they claimed the stood for when they ran in the first place.

March 06, 2009 7:31 PM  
Anonymous Fever said...

“Chill out Fever. The hypocrites are people who take bonus pay to ensure they work in unison (all five of them) -- then turn around and complain about wasteful spending.”

Translation: If a politician accepts a pay raise, said politician must support all spending regardless if it’s wasteful or not.

Yes, I would take something if it is offered. I would not then turn around and complain about how the other side is wasting money by taking the same thing.

Translation: Said rule above only applies to GOP politicians.

I think it would be fabulous if there was a Republican Party to challenge the Democrats but, at least in Massachusetts, they seem utterly incapable of doing the scut work necessary to find attractive candidates and get them to run for office.

Translation: Scut work? I just looked it up “routine and often menial labor”. I didn’t know that’s all it took to lead a state, or a country for that matter. Thanks for the playbook.

Or worse still, elect governors who destroy the legislative base then leave the state to run against everything they claimed the stood for when they ran in the first place.

Translation: Those Governors learned the hard way that a supermajority meant the legislature had the power to render the Governor powerless.

March 07, 2009 8:56 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Simple solution -- run for office yourself. You would probably make a better one than you would in a career as a translator.

That's because you seem to ignore things that don't fit your scenario. Or have you noticed that I have and continue to bash democrats when they deserve it?

March 07, 2009 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Fever said...

One doesn’t need to be a translator to understand that a website called “Massachusetts Liberal” has a severe bias towards one point of view. I mean there is liberal, the liberal left and then the granddaddy of all liberals, a “Massachusetts Liberal”. And sticking with the theme of translation, the whole reason this dialogue got started was because of your failure to recognize your own biases.

March 07, 2009 5:35 PM  
Blogger tim said...

Why do you even bother talking about Republicans they have no say in this state unless they say we will double the democrats spending because that is everyone great idea now.

March 12, 2009 12:41 AM  

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