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Thursday, September 10, 2009

"First you say you will, then you won't"

Today is Thursday. Does you know what office Christy Mihos is running for?

The shortest-lived U.S. Senate campaign came and went within hours this week with Mihos shifting from the GOP race for governor to the Senate primary and back again. Did he suffer brain freeze from chugging a Slurpee too fast?

Apparently those same unnamed folks who talked up Curt Schilling, urged Mihos to make the race -- or not. Or the entire GOP seem afflicted with Joe Wilson disease.

So anyway, Christy is veering away from Capitol Hill and back to Beacon Hill, while Andrew Card, whose claim to history will be as the man who interrupted the reading of My Pet Goat, is thinking of coming home, sort of, to chase the GOP Senate nomination (and chase Ayla Brown's father out of the race).

I think one of the analysts contacted by the Herald got it right.
This is the biggest opportunity they’ve had in a long time,” said Thomas Whalen, a social science professor at Boston University. “Leave it to the state GOP to take defeat out of the jaws of victory. They’ll blow it. They always find a way.”
Card, who hasn't lived in Massachusetts in more than 20 years, was once an up and coming Republican liberal, teaming with then Marshfield state representative Phil Johnston as a corruption-fighting team.

A dazzling failure in the 1982 Republican gubernatorial primary (against a candidate so unmemorable I can't recall his name), Card drifted away -- and to the right. A loyal aide to George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, he was the man whispering in Bush's ear on Sept. 11, 2001.

But with the state GOP is such disarray, Card is somehow being seen as a savior, even though his last major appearance in Massachusetts, to accept an honorary degree at UMass, didn't work out that well.

Let's see now: a man who played a pivotal role in an administration that failed to take terror threats seriously, then led us into a war with Iraq over non-existent weapons of mass destruction -- not to mention set the stage for the economic collapse triggered by an unregulated Wall Street.

Quite an impressive resume for a carpetbagger.

You might want to stick with Scott Brown.

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Blogger Chris Rich said...

The commonwealth GOP faithfully reflects the demented disarray of its national parent.

Witness the bully froth over an innocuous presidential back to school address only to have it endorsed upon launch by its own gray beards such as Gingrich.

Witness Wilson's incapacity to shut up during the Health care speech only to have him make much of his party back pedal furiously.

Look to the Wall Street Urinal aditorials from Palin and soon to be indicted Karl Rove that collapsed of their own encumbrances.

And then we have Glen Beck, known to much of lefty blog world as 'doughy pantload'.

While he eked a little victory by smearing Van Jones out of a job, his excesses are causing a broad scale flight of advertiser dollars from Faux News at a time when it is already bleeding revenue.

I'm betting this failure of self control and reason will continue to do damage despite the mediocrity and feebleness of the Democratic congress.

It is as if the GOP also has its own circular firing squad.

September 10, 2009 7:31 AM  
Anonymous Joel Patterson said...

I will never, never forgive all of my fellow liberal bloggers if you discourage Andy Card from running.

I want Andy Card to run. He deserves a chance to offer himself and his years of public service to the voters of Massachusetts.

Now be quiet!

September 10, 2009 6:21 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Mea culpa, maxima mea culpa Joel.

September 10, 2009 7:29 PM  

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